Happy Fourth of July!!
Hello and welcome to the Wednesday Weekly. I hope you are ready for the Fourth of July!! It seems a little strange that it is on a Thursday. I am hoping for a sunny day. I found this book at the thrift shop. It is an advanced reader’s copy. This book was published March of 2012 by Atria Books.
The Distance Between Us: A Memoir
By Reyna Grande
I had never heard about this book or this writer, but I decided it looked interesting. This is a “rags to riches” tale of a young girl Reyna who is left in Mexico when her parents migrate to the U.S.. What was it like for Reyna to grow up without her parents? How did she survive the mental abuse and cruelness of her paternal grandmother? The book presents a look at what Reyna had to endure when she was left behind. Reyna tells us of the substandard living conditions of Mexico. They often didn’t have enough food. It paints a bleak picture of life in Mexico. It is a heart wrenching tale. When her mother does return, it is only for a brief time. Her mother takes them to live with their maternal grandmother. There is no running water there. The children are exposed to drugs and alcohol as they grow up. Reyna is smuggled into the U.S. by her father illegally. Life with her father turns out to be far from what she imagined. Somehow Reyna perseveres and finds a professor(Diana) at a community college, who encourages Reyna to be a writer. Reyna earns a B.A. degree and then goes on to obtain a M.F.A. degree also in creative writing.
Reyna’s journey is an incredible one. It is an emotional rollercoaster. I think this brings to life many of the problems the children of Mexico are facing. While a little long at 320 pages, it is well worth taking the time to read. Reyna has won many awards for her writing. She has mastered the use of the English language well. It is very difficult for people who learn English as a second language to write. I give this book a solid 5 out of 5 stars. I am glad I found this book!!