Across a Hundred Mountains: A Novel

Front Cover
Atria Books, 2006 - Fiction - 259 pages
4 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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An affecting debut on Mexican poverty, illegal immigration and cosmic injustice. Split between the narratives of a ten-year-old girl and a woman in her 30s, the novel illustrates the travails of ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

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:

Bibliographic information