Author to share personal story of illegally immigrating to U.S. from Mexico

Emotions run high whenever the subject of immigration arises. But beyond the politics and emotions that surround this topic, are the children who are impacted by this issue. Award-Winning Author Reyna Grande is one such person and her memoir, The Distance Between Us, shares her story of life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States.

Book signing & discussion

Grande will discuss and sign copies of The Distance Between Us on October 11 at 5 p.m. in the Carter Art Center Gallery at MCC-Penn Valley, 3201 Southwest Trafficway. The event is the closing program of MCC-Penn Valley’s Hispanic Heritage Month commemoration.

About The Distance Between Us

Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S., the author entered the U.S. at age 9 as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. Filled with hope, the she quickly realized that life in America was far from perfect. Her father wasn’t the man she dreamed about all those years in Mexico. His big dreams for his children were what got them across the border, but his alcoholism and rage undermined all his hard work and good intentions. Grande found solace from a violent home in books and writing, inspired by the Latina voices she read. After an explosive altercation, Grande broke away, going on to become the first person in her family to obtain a higher education, earning a college degree and then an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

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