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Across a Hundred Mountains: A Novel Paperback – May 15, 2007
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-- El Paso Times
"Elegantly written...a timely and riveting read."
"Grande's heartfelt [novel] addresses a worthy subject -- the desperation of illegal immigrants and the families they leave behind."
-- Entertainment Weekly
"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
"Grande's deft portraiture endows even the smallest characters with grace."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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This should not be a surprise, because it is easier to denigrate and reject a group of people if you dehumanize them and make them faceless.
But that's where talented writers come in: With skillful prose, they can focus on a small group of undocumented immigrants and make their struggles and humanity real to the reader so that it becomes difficult to dismiss their plight with a bumper-sticker slogan or the waving of a flag.
Two years ago, Luis Alberto Urrea did exactly that with "The Devil's Highway" (Little, Brown), in which he brilliantly chronicled the plight of 26 Mexican men who, in 2001, crossed the border into an area of the Arizona desert known as the Devil's Highway. Only 12 made it safely across. The book received wide acclaim and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.
Now comes a fictionalized story of undocumented immigration in Reyna Grande's debut novel, "Across a Hundred Mountains" (Atria Books, $23). Grande tells her story in evocative language that never falls into pathos.
In the nonlinear narrative, chapters alternate between her two female protagonists, Juana Garcia and Adelina Vasquez. First, we have Juana, a young girl who lives in a small Mexican village in extreme poverty. When a flood leads to yet another death in her family -- a death that Juana feels responsible for -- Juana's father believes that he must earn more money to house his family in safer quarters.Read more ›
The novel has a cross-generational appeal and speaks to issues of our day. It effectively combines family history with the controversial subject of immigration reform. It is full of poignant drama, class and racial tensions and a heartwarming story of hope amidst despair. I would recommend it without reservation, both as a good read and an appeal to practice the golden rule!!
For those of you unfamiliar with the actual realities faced by Mexicans who look north for economic and personal freedom, this book truthfully and unromantically reflects a common narrative. It is a narrative I first heard from my own close friend, who crossed the border illegally at age 12 with her mother and younger siblings.
Grande provides us all with a realistic look at the lives of real people, but remembers to add the nonverbal, non-rational to her story in balanced but true measure. Carlos Castenada and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, bow to what the 21st century hath wrought! Reyna Grande.
I'm off to read Reyna Grande's next book, Dancing with Butterflies. I have a young college student, trying to make her way in the norteno world, stuck between her parents' ways and her American culture's, who dances folklorico like Nora dances the tarantella in A Doll's House. Perhaps this will be a good "recommend" for her.
Read Across a Hundred Mountains. Then share it with a friend.
The story is so powerful that I cried and was rocked to my core.
I bought several copies to give to friends.
Ms. Grande is a gifted writer.
This book is a must read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did not feel the story was told well. It was a choice for our book club but most felt it was disjointed.Published 6 days ago by Barbara Blake
I was constantly confused because of the layout of this book. I felt Juana and Adelina chapters should be together. The ending was good.Published 4 months ago by Laura pestel
I loved this book about a young girl growing up in Mexico, very poor. Her father leaves to try and make more money in the U.S. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Going from character to character and flashbacks to present was somewhat difficult until I started figuring some details out. The conclusion comes together wonderfully.Published 6 months ago by Shopping Mom
This was a beautifully-written book, but the narrative alternates between two characters and one has a much more interesting story than the other. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Madeline
much better than some required reading I have done - interesting with out being disturbing. Good cultural outlookPublished 7 months ago by Tim W.
This was a great book that kept me intrigued and I could not put it down. I read it on the way to NYC on the plane and finished it on the way back. Excellent!Published 8 months ago by brenda burrell