Across a Hundred Mountains: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster, Jun 20, 2006 - Fiction - 272 pages
58 Reviews
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 García 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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Good, sad story but the ending came too fast. - Goodreads
Although the ending, I thought, was a little cheesy. - Goodreads
She is a masterful writer. - Goodreads
Just a note on Grande's writing. - Goodreads
Also, the ending was not at all what I had imagined. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Brenda - Goodreads

Amazing book, but confusing at times with the switching back and forth from Juana's chapter to Adelina's chapter. Many lessons to learn from. Read full review

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User Review  - Fernando Cuevas - Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was an impulse I had where I had to read the book every opportunity I had. The story deals with subjects of love, death, immigration, guilt, etc. I love the way how Reyna Grande tied everything in at the finale of the book (if you know what I mean). Read full review

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Reyna Grande, nació en Guerrero, México, en 1975, a los nueve años vino a los Estados Unidos siguiendo a sus padres. En 1999, se graduó de la Universidad de California en Santa Cruz y, en 2003, recibió la beca Rosenthal a Voces Emergentes que otorga el PEN Center USA. Vive en Los Ángeles con su hijo. Visite su página en la Internet: www.reynagrande.com.

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