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Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande

Across a Hundred Mountains

by Reyna Grande

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Painful subject matter - two young women who search across the Mexico/US border for their fathers and for forgiveness. Juana is only 12 when her father leaves for "el otro lado" (the other side); when he hasn't returned in three years she sets out to find him. Adelina is am American running from a bad situation at home and now working as a prostitute in Tijuana. The girls meet up and try to help one another. Compelling story, but the author needs to work on her craft. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jun 10, 2016 |
Great book! Hard to put down, I finished it in 5 days, could've been sooner if I didn't have errands to run over the weekend. ( )
  karie96 | Jun 9, 2016 |
Review: Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande.

This is a well written, descriptive stunning story about migration, loss, and discovery. Many people in our world don’t understand the reasons behind illegal immigration but this book gives great insight into what pushes people to risk their lives and leave their families trying to make it across the border.

Immigration is an extreme issue here in the United States so this book gives us a chance to walk in those people’s shoes striving to restore their former lives and put together a broken family. Some might feel that the book is confusing at the beginning with the switching perspectives of tackling the immigration issues however, the author also establishes a great fiction storyline that keeps the reader interested and at the end it all comes together and makes a lot of sense.

The story is about Juana and her family’s physical and economical challenges they were going through. Juana was introduced as young girl who also had psychological issues starting from the time her sister died and her father leaving the family for the United States. Then it goes on to where she feels her whole world was falling apart because she had been held responsible for what they were going through so she decides to go looking for her father after a vast amount of time had passed with no word from him. It was also Juana’s last glimmer of hope to restore her mother’s love and affection. Juana goes through extreme measures to try and restore her family which makes the story more captivating and emotional.

It’s a good fast pace book which address a worthy subject of the desperation of illegal immigrants and their families they leave behind…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Proud to be from the same school as the author :) ( )
  laurelei | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a debut novel by Reyna Grande. I love discovering new authors! I can only imagine the Reyna Grande enhanced the story by using some of her personal life to shape this story. When Reyna was 5 years old her parents immigrated to the United States and left her and her siblings in the care of their grandmother. At the age of nine, Reyna immigrated to the United States to be with her parents. She currently resides in Los Angeles. Author’s Website is http://www.reynagrande.com/

My Review: This book was recommended to by my friend, Syd. I thought the writing was good. The book was engaging and had a good flow to the story. The descriptions of life in Mexico were interesting and heartbreaking. I felt a bit confused in the middle of the story by the alternating chapters by the two women, Juana and Adelina. The author quickly brings it all together and it all makes perfect sense. Once everything started to come together, I had a hard time putting the book down. Once again I stayed up too late reading!
4/5 – Recommended/ A Good Read. ( )
1 vote jasmine1931 | May 11, 2009 |
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"Across a Hundred Mountains is a beautifully rendered novel that maintains its power throughout....A breathtaking debut." El Paso Times
An affecting debut on Mexican poverty, illegal immigration and cosmic injustice.
Grande's deft portraiture endows even the smallest characters with grace, and the two stories cross and re-cross in unexpected ways, driving toward a powerful conclusion.
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After a tragedy separates her from her mother, Juana García leaves her small town in Mexico to find her father, who left his family two years earlier to find work in America and rise above the oppressive poverty of his country. Out of money and in need of someone to help her across the border, Juana meets Adelina Vasquez, a young woman who left her family in California to follow her lover to Mexico. Finding themselves -- in a Tijuana jail -- in desperate circumstances, they offer each other much needed material and spiritual support and ultimately become linked forever in the most unexpected of ways.

A stunning and poignant story of migration, loss, and discovery, in Across a Hundred Mountains, Reyna Grande puts a human face on the controversial issue of immigration, helping readers to better understand those who risk life and limb every day in pursuit of a better life.

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After a tragedy separates her from her mother, Juana Garcia leaves her small town in Mexico to find her father, who left his family two years earlier to find work in America and rise above the oppressive poverty of his country.

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