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Across a Hundred Mountains is a stunning and poignant story of migration, loss, and discovery as two women — one born in Mexico, one in the United States — find their lives joined in the most unlikely way.

After a tragedy separates her from her mother, Juana Garcia leaves her small town in Mexico to find her father, who left his home and family two years before to find work in America, el otro lado, and rise above the oppressive poverty so many of his countrymen endure.

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 each other — 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 way.

The phenomenon of Mexican immigration to the United States is one of the most controversial issues of our time. While it is often discussed in terms of the political and economic implications, Grande, with this brilliant debut novel and her own profound insider's perspective, puts a human face on the subject. Who are the men, women, and children whose lives are affected by the forces that propel so many to risk life and limb, crossing the border in pursuit of a better life?

Take the journey Across a Hundred Mountains and see.

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"Grande's deft portraiture endows even the smallest characters with grace." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"Across a Hundred Mountains is a beautifully rendered novel that maintains its power throughout....A breathtaking debut." El Paso Times

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"Elegantly written...a timely and riveting read." People

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"Grande's heartfelt [novel] addresses a worthy subject — the desperation of illegal immigrants and the families they leave behind." Entertainment Weekly

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"Reyna Grande beguiles with the spare, unadorned prose of a fabulist, then stuns with emotional truths of shattering complexity....A tale full of memorable characters and even more memorable truths." Javier Grillo-Marxuach, writer/producer of Lost and Boomtown

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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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Winner of the American Book Award, Across a Hundred Mountains is a stunning and poignant novel about a young girl who leaves her small town in Mexico to find her father, who left his family to find work in America—a story of migration, loss, and discovery.

After a tragedy separates her from her mother, Juana García leaves in search of her father, who left them two years earlier. 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.

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.

About the Author

Reyna Grande came to the United States at age nine to join her father, who had left her behind in Mexico for several years. She went on to become the first person in her family to obtain a higher education. She holds a B.A. and an M.F.A. in creative writing. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, received the El Premio Aztlan Literary Award in 2006 and an American Book Award in 2007. Her novel has been required reading at various high schools and colleges across the nation. She is currently at work on a memoir.

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JLS, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by JLS)
I commented earlier, but as I think back over this last year of reading, I think this one brings a great deal of understanding to the situation of undocumented immigrants and would-be immigrants to the USA. It also touched my heart.
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nayeli1g, May 30, 2011 (view all comments by nayeli1g)
this book is thrilling, i didnt want to put it down. There were parts that made me want to cry, laugh and smile. i gasped many times, very shocking and unexpected parts! i yelled out "what?!" quite a few times, a must read.
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diazj219, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by diazj219)
This book is soulful, beautiful and gives a human perspective to the hardships of poverty and the strength to survive when all odds are against you. It's a story that will have an unforgettable impact and shows a perspective that is never considered.
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ISBN:
9780743269582
Author:
Grande, Reyna
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
immigration: Mexican; California; border; award-winning; poverty; American Dream; California; Arizona; New Mexico; Texas; distance;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 7.945 oz

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Product details 272 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780743269582 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Grande's deft portraiture endows even the smallest characters with grace." (starred review)
"Review" by , "Across a Hundred Mountains is a beautifully rendered novel that maintains its power throughout....A breathtaking debut."
"Review" by , "Elegantly written...a timely and riveting read."
"Review" by , "Grande's heartfelt [novel] addresses a worthy subject — the desperation of illegal immigrants and the families they leave behind."
"Review" by , "Reyna Grande beguiles with the spare, unadorned prose of a fabulist, then stuns with emotional truths of shattering complexity....A tale full of memorable characters and even more memorable truths."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the American Book Award, Across a Hundred Mountains is a stunning and poignant novel about a young girl who leaves her small town in Mexico to find her father, who left his family to find work in America—a story of migration, loss, and discovery.

After a tragedy separates her from her mother, Juana García leaves in search of her father, who left them two years earlier. 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.

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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