Reyna Grande at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
Reyna Grande (born 7 September 1975, Iguala, Guerrero) is a Mexican author, best-known for her 2007 novel Across a Hundred Mountains, (2007) which was published by Atria Books. Although a work of fiction, it draws heavily on her own experiences growing up in Mexico and as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press), garnered critical acclaim and awards. An excerpt from her second novel appeared in 2008 as a short story titled "Adriana" in Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature (Bilingual Press) edited by Daniel Olivas.
In 2012, Atria Books published Grande's memoir, The Distance Between Us, a coming-of-age story based on her experiences as an undocumented immigrant. In an interview published by the Los Angeles Review of Books on 6 December 2012, Grande explained why she decided to part from fiction to tell her story: "Even though my novels are very personal, and the material I write about is drawn from my own experience, they are fictional stories. After I completed my second novel, I wanted to write the real story about my life, before and after illegally immigrating to the US from Mexico. I wanted to shed light on the complexities of immigration and how immigration affected my entire family in both positive and negative ways."
- John Williams (14 January 2012). "National Book Critics Circle Names 2012 Award Finalists". New York Times. Retrieved 15 January 15.