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The distance between us : a memoir

Author: Reyna Grande
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Atria Books hardcover edView all editions and formats
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When Reyna Grande's father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) with enough money to build them a dream house where they can all live together. His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. When he summons his wife to join him, Reyna  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Reyna Grande
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reyna Grande
ISBN: 9781451661774 1451661770 9781451661781 1451661789 9781451661804 1451661800
OCLC Number: 759913639
Description: 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Reyna Grande.

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When Reyna Grande's father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) with enough money to build them a dream house where they can all live together. His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. When he summons his wife to join him, Reyna and her siblings are deposited in the already overburdened household of their stern, unsmiling grandmother. The three siblings are forced to look out for themselves; in childish games they find a way to forget the pain of abandonment and learn to solve very adult problems. When their mother at last returns, the reunion sets the stage for a dramatic new chapter in Reyna's young life: her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father. -- Jacket, p. [2].

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