The Distance Between Us: A Memoir - Reyna Grande 3.5 starsEmigration from Mexico to the U.S. divides a lot of families. This is one woman's account of what it felt like to spend her early childhood in Mexico while her parents were on El Otro Lado (The Other Side). Reyna Grande and her siblings were shuffled among relatives who were not in a position to care for them and were often resentful at being saddled with these children. In the absence of a real mother, Reyna's older sister Mago had to become "the little mother" for Reyna and Carlos. I'd never really thought about what it's like for kids left behind when their parents head to the U.S. to look for work. Reyna's story is heartbreaking as she describes her years of longing for Mami and Papi, wanting to believe their promises that never came true. While Reyna was prone to yearning and daydreaming, her sister Mago expressed her feelings of loss by finding victims for her rage. When Reyna was ten years old, her Papi finally brought them over the border illegally, where the children faced a whole new set of challenges and disappointments. But Reyna persevered and became the first person in her family to graduate from college. Out of sight may not mean out of mind, but it does mean out of priority when families are separated for too long. When they're finally reunited, the pieces never quite fit back together. The pain and feelings of unworthiness linger for the children of these families. Review copy provided by the publisher.