The Distance Between Us - Reyna Grande

The Distance Between Us

By Reyna Grande

  • Release Date: 2012-08-28
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 81 Ratings


“In this poignant memoir about her childhood in Mexico, Reyna Grande skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind.” —Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Enrique's Journey

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.


  • Inspiring. Great read. Could not put it down!

    By -/good boy
    I read this book for a class and I am so happy to have read it. It is a great story that offers insight in to immigrants struggles from around the world. Tear jerker at time. Overall a great book.
  • Amazing

    By Someone292
    This was a great book! I enjoyed reading it and it opens many minds to what others may go through in life! Fantastic book!
  • Heart wrenching reality

    By Soonersusiela
    This book shows the depths of despair along with the never failing love of a family burdened with the challenges of poverty and separation. I found myself cheering for the successes of Reyna Grande and praying that her unvarnished recounting of her life will make a difference to other Mexican Americans searching for the truth. Moved my heart!