An inspiring new memoir from Reyna Grande, the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and nationally bestselling author of The Distance Between Us, about her quest for her dream life and career and the home we build for ourselves.
Now available in Spanish.
When Reyna Grande crossed the U.S.–Mexico border at age ten, she left her childhood home behind forever. Finally reunited with her mother and father "on the other side," she thought they would all be a family again in their new American home. What she found instead was a cold house filled with a harsher distance between herself and her parents, sharpened by proximity and the disillusion of discovering their new reality.
A Dream Called Home begins when Reyna is on her way to the University of California, Santa Cruz on a full scholarship. As the first in her family to attend college and eager to become a writer, she is faced with a unique set of struggles as she forges ahead completely on her own. Her parents couldn't drop her off at the university nor offer any financial support, she didn't have any dorm room essentials—not even sheets for her bed—and she could identify see one other Latino in her dormitory. Reyna details the arduous journey of pursuing her dream of becoming a writer and finding a home in the United States, the one she'd desperately longed for since her parents left her and her siblings behind in Mexico.
This is an inspiring account of one woman's quest to find her place in America as a writer and a Latina, determined to break the cycle of poverty her family had been trapped in for generations. This heartbreaking and inspiring memoir mirrors the journey that millions of other immigrants have also taken as Reyna creates her own path to build a better life and a real home for herself in a new country on her own terms.
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