Starting at 12:00pm
4016 Wallace Street (Old Town)
San Diego 92110
Add $15 for signed book
About the Event
Please join National Book Critics Circle Finalist and International Latino Book Award winner Reyna Grande for a fun Old Town Mexican Lunch Adventure that includes an authentic Mexican lunch, beverage, tax, tip, discussion of her book, A Distance Between Us, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in a festive, authentic setting.
About the Book and Author
Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind. Eight years later, Reyna entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college, and she now teaches creative writing workshops and speaks at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.
The Distance Between Us is Reyna’s heart-wrenching, yet ultimately triumphant, memoir about her journey from Mexico to the U.S., where she learned that the separation between a parent and a child can be measured as much in emotional distance and abandonment as it can be in miles.
Her story isn’t just her flight to El Otro Lado (The Other Side), but also the tragic story of what she experienced before – the poverty, the abuse, the shame…and the devastating feeling of abandonment and loneliness she and her siblings felt after their well-meaning, but dysfunctional, parents left to find a better life for their family.
Praise for The Distance Between Us
—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street
“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
–Publishers Weekly: Starred Review
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