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Author: Reyna Grande Narrator: Yareli Arizmendi Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2020 ISBN: 9781797114132
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“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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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. Through her brutally honest firsthand account of growing up in Mexico without her parents, Grande sheds light on the often overlooked consequence of immigration—the disintegration of a family.”

    Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

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  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Riley Kilmartin Schmidt | 2/19/2020

    " The story is alright but the narration is comically bad. I can't even listen to it without laughing at the atrocious voice impersonations. It took me a while to figure out if the narration was actually a computerized reading. Just read the book, this narration is pathetic. "

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Jose | 5/18/2018

    " A narrator who cannot pronounce simple Spanish words such as colonia and Mira turns this important book into a a worthless cartoon. I will try to get my money back. "

About the Author

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her novel Across a Hundred Mountains received an American Book Award, and Dancing with Butterflies was the recipient of an International Latino Book Award. Reyna lives in Los Angeles.