When author Reyna Grande’s 9-year-old son whined about walking to the local YMCA in their hometown of Whittier, California, she reminded him how lucky he and his sister were. “I ran across the U.S./Mexico border when I was your age,” Grande told her son. “You can walk 15 minutes to the daycare.”
A mother and wife, Grande is a survivor of a harrowing childhood in an impoverished Mexican village and a terrifying jaunt across the border with her father, older sister, and brother. Her story is told in memorable detail in her memoir, The Distance Between Us, which will be out August 28. The memoir, her third published book, is her most intimate. Her breakthrough debut, Across a Hundred Mountains, was a fictionalized account of two women searching for lost parents and crossing the border illegally.