She stayed and slept there that night. Juana's father takes the dangerous journey to try and cross the border. What does the author accomplish in constructing the novel in this way? Maybe this was partly because I read this book over a month, while doing a million other things! Besides the search for her father, in what other ways does Juana attempt to redeem herself? In the book Juana as Adelina goes and searches for her father with the help of a man who was willing to cross the border the U. In a vivid novel depicting dreams deferred and dreams fulfilled, Grande takes readers inside the lives of Mexicans who are left behind in the phenomenon of migration to the United States. Praying for a miracle, perhaps. One of the girls stole her friend's identity when her friend was killed.
It's a painful book, in more ways than one but it wasn't bad. Finding each other--in a Tijuana city jail--they offer each other much needed material and spiritual support and ultimately become linked in the most unexpected way. High elevations on mountains produce colder climates than at sea level. Poverty in Mexico ignites the want and need for a better life here in America, a fractured family drives the move and change in Juana and finally crossing the border prompts a full on identity change. If someone does not have healthy a healthy immune system, they are. But there's still Don Elías to pay off, and there's only one thing he's asking for and one thing Lupe can give: her body.
Who are the men, women and children whose lives are affected by the forces that propel so many to risk life and limb, crossing the border in pursuit of a better life? Juana went to the train station and bought her ticket to Cuernavaca once she took a seat, somebody knocked on her window she noticed it was Dona Martina giving her some money, at first Juana didn't want to take it but she knew she was going to need it. Juana shook her head and opened her mouth to say another prayer, but she could no longer think of any. For a brief moment, she felt embarrassed, thinking she had peed her bed. She is the main character of this book and she will live the hardest times of her life trying to find her missing father. When she turned around the boys head was on the woman's chest she kept on repeating that they were almost there.
Take the journey Across a Hundred Mountains and see. La migra, the old man said. The writing is very good. Adelina was born in the United States and came to Mexico with her boyfriend. Yet Adelina knew what he was thinking. Anita has drowned, and Juana feels very guilty and thinks its all her fault which is just the beginning of the family troubles that go on in their little shack and in the outside world. The story mentions issues such as the obvious gap between the rich and poor.
Maybe it would be best. I got confused when I was reading about the two girls' stories. Juana is shocked, and terrified. Adelina: A more less 17 years old girl, she works as a prostitute, she lives in Mexico. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review Award-winning novelist Across a Hundred Mountains Grande captivates and inspires in her memoir. I wasn't sure if the ending was supposed to be surprising or not.
Hard to imagine that the characters could endure the various tragedies that befell them. Adelina shook her head and began to walk down to the pile. So much weight to support. The phenomenon of Mexican immigration to the United States is one of the most controversial issues of our time. In the book Juana as Adelina goes and searches for her father with the help of a man who was willing to cross the border the U. Tomorrow the rain will stop, and the river waters will go back down.
Why must we walk across? In this extraordinary memoir, award-winning writer Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years, capturing all the confusion and contradictions of childhood, especially one spent torn between two parents and two countries. By now their bodies shivered and their stomachs growled, but they were helpless to do anything about it. Does Adelina identify with the moon? I would have liked to read more about the border crossing and how they adapted after crossing. The harsh realities portrayed in this book were sometimes hard to read and even harder to swallow. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. Without a family, one is not able to be truly happy. She had not told him she was planning to dig up the body and, if it really was her father, take him back with her.
Not many novels can keep my eyeballs glued to the page so tightly that I read them in less than three days, but this one did. She only shows one face to the world. Finally the desperation caused by poverty is central to the story, the desperation that drives people to leave their loved ones, commit crimes, turn to alcohol, lose hope, and even assume the identity of a murdered friend. Once again I stayed up too late reading! Adelina looked at the large pile of rocks he was pointing to. Juana falls asleep and loses hold of the baby, which drowns. Then she picked up her rosary and kissed the metal cross hanging from it. She went on to earn a degree from the University of California Santa Cruz.