Author Reyna Grande to visit Wood Library March 29

Wood Library is thrilled to present Reyna Grande, author of the award-winning book, The Distance Between Us, on March 29 at 10:30am as part of the Writers & Books program, “All of Rochester Reads…”

In The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande shares the complex experiences of her life, from a childhood in Mexico, to illegal immigration to the US in pursuit of a better life, to her success as a student and author. This inspirational coming-of-age story follows Reyna and her family from the time her father went north alone—leaving two-year-old Reyna, her siblings, and their mother in Mexico. When her mother joined him two years later, the children were left living in poverty with a neglectful grandmother in rural Mexico. When Reyna was 10, she and some of her family finally successfully crossed the border. The story continues as Reyna and her siblings navigate the complexities of living as undocumented immigrants as well as the ravages of alcoholism—with Reyna ultimately being the first in her family to earn a college degree.

The Distance Between Us was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards for Autobiography and is also available in a Young Adult edition, which received a 2017 Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a 2016 Eureka! Honor Award from the California Reading Association, and in 2017, an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award.

Copies are available at Wood Library. Brian Moore, Head of the English Department at Canandaigua Academy, will review the book at Books Sandwiched In on February 5 at noon.

Some words of praise about The Distance Between Us:
“Reyna Grande is a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer with an important story to tell.”
–Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

“I’ve been waiting for this book for decades. The American story of the new millennium is the story of the Latino immigrant, yet how often has the story been told by the immigrant herself? What makes Grande’s beautiful memoir all the more extraordinary is that, through this hero’s journey, she speaks for millions of immigrants whose voices have gone unheard.”
–Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

“A timely and a vivid example of how poverty and immigration can destroy a family.”
–The Daily Beast

“A brutally honest book… the “Angela’s Ashes” of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”