The stories of Mexican immigrants are readily told, but rarely do we hear the voices of those who were left behind. In The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande shares the heartbreak and yearning of being a child of immigrants that left her in the poverty of Mexico. But nearly a decade later, her father begrudgingly returns for her and sneaks her across the border. With the shroud of mystery removed, she quickly sees that the United States is not the fabulous land of riches she had envisioned as a child. In The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande carefully examines how the structure of her family was weakened by this immigration and separation; weakened both by the new culture they were thrust into, and the old culture they fought to keep close.