Across a Hundred Mountains
By Reyna Grande
(Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9780743269582, 272pp.)
Publication Date: May 15, 2007
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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.
Reyna Grande is the author of two award-winning novels. Across a Hundred Mountains received an American Book Award, and Dancing with Butterflies was the recipient of an International Latino Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles.
"[Grande] endows even the smallest character with grace." -- Publishers Weekly
"A topical and heartbreaking border story . . . Two stories cross and re-cross in unexpected ways, driving toward a powerful conclusion." -- Publishers Weekly
"In Across a Hundred Mountains, Reyna Grande beguiles with the spare, unadorned prose of a fabulist, then stuns with emotional truths of shattering complexity. . . . Across a Hundred Mountains is truly something rare, an intimate story about a great journey . . . a tale full of memorable characters and even more memorable truths." -- Javier Grillo-Marxuach, writer/producer of Lost and Boomtown
"Fabulous! There aren't many books that become so alive and real for me." -- Víctor Villaseñor, author of Rain of Gold
"Reyna Grande knows the heartbreaking worlds on either side of the border, where men are desperate, women are prey, and children want what they always want: the presence of love." -- Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon
"[Across a Hundred Mountains is] one of the most exciting fictional debuts in years. It's a wonderful journey, a fast-paced, reader-friendly story that takes you in and out of different worlds. It shows the harshness and complexity of life on two sides of the US-Mexico border, in an authentic landscape that is beautiful and sad." -- Daniel Chacón, author of And the Shadows Took Him