A Dream Called Home
A Dream Called Home is the follow up to Reyna Grande’s national bestselling memoir The Distance Between Us. In that book, Reyna ...more
Her father came first, than her mother, finally when she was nine her father came back for the three children. All illegal, they were caught twice by patrols and sent back to Tijuana, the third time they made it. They settled in California, but by now her family was fractured, he ...more
"When Reyna Grande was nine years old, she walked across the US- Mexico border in search of a home, desperate to be reunited with the parents who had left her behind years before for a better life in the City of Angels. What she found instead was a different mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage".......
This story is intimate/ and real (it IS REAL) -- the writing flowed easily - ...more
As a young child, Grande was left in Mexico by her parents, who went to the U.S. to look for better lives for themselves and their families. The parents got divorced and found other spouses. As the book unfolds, Reyna learns about the violence in her family going back generations, of forced marriages and abused kids carrying on the hurt into ...more
Yeah, this just didn't sit so well w/ me. On a positive note, there are a lot of authors to explore mentioned in the story, & I am grateful to have been made aware of these people, b/c now I can go explore their works for myself. There is enough interesting content available in here, particularly about different parts of Mexico. Overall, the book mostly describes the author making her way through an (early) adulthood for which...more
I enjoyed this memoir and would actually like to rate it a 3.5. Reyna Grande led an incredibly brave and purpose-filled life from the time her father carried her on his back across the border from Mexico until the day she not only graduated from college with a degree in writing, but also to the day she received her Master's degree in creative writing.
There were many obstacles in her path to becoming not only the first in her family to graduate college, but also the first to finish high school. W ...more
“I had never owned a book until I turned nineteen and Diana gave me The Moths and Other Stories for my birthday.” (p. 252)
I have long admired and been fascinated by the grit needed to experience America as an immigrant. Reyna Grande, in her memoir, A Dream Called Home, tells that tale better than most; perhaps because she tells it from the viewpoint of a child.
I read Reyna’s first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, in November, 2009; and I’ve been a fan of her storytelling ev ...more
As the most successful one in her family, she has to accept that sometimes her parents and sisters don’t want her help. Her earnest enth ...more
I had previously read and loved Grande's childhood memoir, The Distance Between Us, and I was intrigued to read about Grande's adult life. It was a bit disorienting at first trying to connect the dots between the two books as I read her first four years ago. Grande remains a gifted writer and it was satisfying to read about her many successes after all she endured. Yet this book dwells a bit too long on quotidian college life ...more
I felt she spent a lot of time feeling sorry for herself, which I get she had such a difficult upbringing. But she was in constant repetition of herself. She also made some rather questionable relationship decisions along the way. Which in my personal opinion was a little stupid on her part.
It’s written well -just long winded and a little oh woe me.
Grande is an immigrant from a small town called Iguala, Mexico. She moved to the US as a kid, and began to pursue her writing at a young age of 13. Her ...more