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The Distance Between Us

Mago touched my belly button and added something to the story my mother had never told me. She said that my umbilical cord was like a ribbon that connected me to Mami. She said, "It doesn't matter...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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Like all immigrants to the United States, Reyna's family wants to achieve the American Dream. They want to be prosperous and successful in their new country. As always, however, that's a lot easier...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020, 8:39 am (UTC)

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Unfortunately, Reyna does not ever get her wish to truly be seen by her father. I would argue that the closest he came to "seeing" her was when he returned to Mexico intending to take just his son...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2020, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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As one can imagine, Reyna's very sad at her mother's departure. As with many Mexicans Mami has headed off to the United States in search of a better life. However, Reyna's too young to understand...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020, 11:48 am (UTC)

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To console Reyna after being called an orphan, Mago takes her to their former house. She shows Reyna where they used to live with their parents. Even though someone else is living in it now, it...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021, 4:50 pm (UTC)

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Reyna and her siblings have been forced to stay with their grandmother Evila and grandfather Augurio. Their place is small and overcrowded, with nowhere near enough room for all the children. Yet...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020, 6:28 pm (UTC)

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The Distance Between Us tells the tragic story of poverty, immigration, and the death of family bonds. As in all stories as such, those who suffer the most are the children that are helplessly...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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Reyna has to have her long, beautiful curls cut off because she, along with Mago and Carlos, has lice. While Reyna and Mago are taken to the hair salon for their haircuts, Carlos's hair is shaved...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2020, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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The Distance Between Us explores how memory is differently constructed by people at different stages of their lives and is influenced by culture as well as individual personalities. Author Reyna...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2021, 4:57 am (UTC)

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The decision that Reyna’s father made was especially important for her because it meant that she grew up in the United States rather than in Mexico. Although she was not US-born, she lived there...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019, 3:31 am (UTC)

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The Distance Between Us was written by Reyna Grande. It is a story about a Mexican girl's upbringing in both Mexico and in the United States (as an undocumented immigrant). The story centers around...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019, 12:43 pm (UTC)

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