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Reyna Grande

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Reyna Grande is the author of two novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, which received a 2007 American Book Award; Dancing with Butterflies, which received a 2010 International Latino Book Award. Her new book, a memoir titled The Distance Between Us, was published on August 28, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. In it, Reyna recounts her experiences as a child left behind in Mexico when her parents emigrated to the U.S. in search of work, and her own journey to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant at the age of nine. The L.A. Times hailed it as "the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience." Kirkus called it a "standout immigrant coming-of-age story," and Publishers Weekly said that her memoir "captivates and inspires."


Average rating: 3.96 · 2,536 ratings · 440 reviews · 9 distinct works · Similar authors
The Distance Between Us
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 1,267 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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Across a Hundred Mountains
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Dancing With Butterflies
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Dancing with Butterflies
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“What's the border, Papi?'
'Hills,' Her father whispered. 'Hills and bushes, that's all it is. But we must walk across it.'
'Papi, if it's just land, why can't we take the bus all the way there. Why must we walk across?'
'Because we don't have papers, Carmen. And even though it is just land, it represents a wall. We must go like thieves.'
Juana wished she could ask what the father meant by that. Hills and bushes, that's what the border was. How strange.”
Reyna Grande, Across a Hundred Mountains

“She saw a roach pass by her foot, and she instantly lifted it up and brought it down on the roach. She didn’t want anyone to see her shame. Not even roaches.”
Reyna Grande, Across a Hundred Mountains: A Novel

“Some spit fire out of their mouths and others juggled balls or pins, their faces painted to look like clowns. Juana wondered if they did that to hide their real faces and not feel ashamed.”
Reyna Grande, Across a Hundred Mountains: A Novel

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“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
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“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
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“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
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“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
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