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Why I Write about the Immigrant Experience

Contributed by Reyna Grande, Author

I learned to read in 
English in the 8th grade. As a child immigrant from Mexico 
struggling to adapt to the American way of life, I had a hard time finding my 
experiences reflected in the books given to me by my teachers at school or the 
librarian at the public library. Closest were the works of the Chicana writers 
I’d read in college, such as Sandra Cisneros and Helena María Viramontes, where 
I found bits and pieces of myself. But I did not find books that spoke directly 
to my experience as a child immigrant.

 

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