• The Distance Between Us

  • A Memoir
  • By: Reyna Grande
  • Narrated by: Yareli Arizmendi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (552 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this inspirational and unflinchingly honest memoir, acclaimed author Reyna Grande describes her childhood torn between the United States and Mexico, and shines a light on the experiences, fears, and hopes of those who choose to make the harrowing journey across the border.

Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this “compelling...unvarnished, resonant” (BookPage) story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries. As her parents make the dangerous trek across the Mexican border to “El Otro Lado” (The Other Side) in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced into the already overburdened household of their stern grandmother. When their mother at last returns, Reyna prepares for her own journey to “El Otro Lado” to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.

Funny, heartbreaking, and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experience are imprinted on the heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.

Also available in Spanish as La distancia entre nosotros.

©2012 Reyna Grande. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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opened my eyes to the beauty of our stories

absolutely incredible. had my eyes welling up between grocery store aisles and made my heart swell on my commutes to work. the passage Reyna writes about her world-changing introduction to Latin literature encapsulated everything I felt about this book. I had never had someone tell the same stories on paper that I lived and heard about in my real life. this book has sorrow, change, fear, love, solidarity and tells of an unbreakable bond between siblings as they maneuver life with absent parents, then life in a completely new world together. beautiful and heart wrenching.

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Disappointed! Albeit Reality.

Phenomenal writing. I spent half of my childhood in Mexico so I am aware of the level of poverty and the stories were a reflection of life as it was. However, I was not ready for worms, lice, tacos with s--- in them, half killed chickens with broken necks and lots of beatings. It was the reality. Okay. I get it. Just not for me. I cant continue and now I wait for another credit. No I cannot recommend this memoir.

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Incredible- this will change your perspective

Never have i really considered what life for children of immigrants is like when they are left behind. This memoir tells the story of so many of these "orphan" children- and the strain that immigration and separation from their parents puts on them. Heartbreaking, hopeful, and written with incredible detail, this story will truly change you.

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Listening in Tears

I recommend this book to everyone! If you think your life is hard, read this book and learn what a difficult life is really like.
I’m truly inspired by this extraordinary story. Gracias

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tear jerker. close to home. healing. healing tears

I'm not even half way done and I decided to write a review. I have a wonderful beautiful Mexican mother. None the less my dad's, and other family members alcoholism has caused me to experience a lot of neglect and trauma. This book has mended my heart in bits a peices. It has persuaded me to feel feelings I had not dared to feel or treat before. It broke my wall 🧱😭 and the healing journey began. I now see my Mexican broken family as sacred. I loved chapter 10. it made me realize even in broken fuks up situation we are blessed in many ways than not. God bless my family. My mom, especially my aunt Mago, who served as my real mom in critical situations.

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Wonderful book

I enjoyed every minute of this book. It was engaging and easy to listen to, while at the same time hard to believe this difficult childhood was someone’s reality.

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Beautiful Story, couldn’t put it down

I listened to this book in a few days. I was caught between pacing myself to make it last and just binging it, I went with the later. Grande has such a beautiful and descriptive way with words. I highly recommend this book to those that want more insight of who the Dreamers are and the situation they are escaping from.

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just great

It captured my attention from the first Chapter. It was relatable, Entertaining, honest and heartfelt. Definetly got me teary eyed in some parts ( but its not a sad book.) It was easy to listen to and the narrator did an amazing job! I am so happy I discovered this Author. I will be listening to more of her works!

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A sad memoir

This was a tough one. I almost quit it several times. It was so sad. So much cruelty stemming from incredibly difficult life circumstances. I’m glad I stuck with it. I had to see how it ended but I am glad it finally did.

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Honest and Brave Telling of Such a Personal Story

This amazing autobiography will make you think about where we come from and the impact of our interpersonal family dynamics. You come to love the people she writes and also it broadens your understands of how much ones background affects ones behavior. So in the end you don't judge, you just have compassion.

It is beautifully told with lots of details.

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Powerful insights into migrant life

Deep insight into the emotional strain of people fleeing from poverty. Simultaneously draining and heartwarming