The Distance Between Us : A Memoir By Reyna Grande Essay

2305 Words10 Pages
The book The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande provides an account of Reyna Grande’s life in Mexico and later in the United States. When she is two, her father leaves the family for the United States hoping to earn money for building a house in Mexico. Later, he sends for their mother, Juana, leaving behind three children – Reyna, Mago, and Carlos. The children experience abject poverty and others hardships under the unforgiving care of their paternal grandmother, Abuela Evila (Tobar). Her mother returns with another child, Elizabeth, and establishes an on-again and off-again relationship. Later, their father, for whom they have almost forgotten, returns and takes them on a terrifying journey to the United States ' border (Grande 317). Overall, the book narrates a child’s journey to overcome poverty and deal with the absence of parents through forgiveness and love. Reyna, Mago, and Carlos face various hardships while growing up in Iguala, Guerrero, in Mexico. The primary challenge that they face is poverty. In the 1950s and 60s, even though the country’s economical situation began to improve after the Great Depression, there was still massive unemployment, the inability of the government to provide proper education, and the devaluation of the peso that increased the economic burden in Mexico (Kehor and Meza). Therefore, their parents leave for the United States for better opportunities. Their grandmother has the sole responsibility of providing basic needs to her
Get Access