I just finished reading Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande and highly recommend it as required reading for anyone remotely interested in learning what life is like in Mexico.
The story follows a young woman named Juana as she struggles to deal with extreme poverty and events that occur because of it. Along the way, Juana meets Adeline, whose life forever changes the way Juana sees the world.
After have pedaled the length of Mexico, this book opened my eyes to the hopes and dreams of the people I’ve see and gotten to know. Reyna’s vivid descriptions of the lives and dwellings of those living in extreme poverty have helped me see more than I did previously. As a child, the auther of Across a Hundred Mountains lived barefoot and penniless in a shack in southern Mexico. At the age of ten, she crossed into the USA illegally and took advantage of all the US has to offer. But even so, her experiences as a young child gave life to Juana in a way few writes could ever manage to do.