Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman
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A transporting and brilliant comic novel narrated by an unforgettable woman: Karen Nieto, an autistic savant whose idiosyncrasies prove her greatest gifts

As intimate as it is profound, and as clear-eyed as it is warmhearted, Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World marks an extraordinary debut by the award-winning Mexican playwright, journalist, and poet Sabina Berman.

Karen Nieto passed her earliest years as a feral child, left alone to wander the vast beach property near her family's failing tuna cannery. But when her aunt Isabelle comes to Mexico to take over the family business, she discovers a real girl amidst the squalor. So begins a miraculous journey for autistic savant Karen, who finds freedom not only in the love and patient instruction of her aunt but eventually at the bottom of the ocean swimming among the creatures of the sea. Despite how far she's come, Karen remains defined by the things she can't do—until her gifts with animals are finally put to good use at the family's fishery. Her plan is brilliant: Consolation Tuna will be the first humane tuna fishery on the planet. Greenpeace approves, fame and fortune follow, and Karen is swept on a global journey that explores how we live, what we eat, and how our lives can defy even our own wildest expectations.


 

About Sabina Berman

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Sabina Berman is a four-time winner of the Mexican National Theatre Prize for her plays; she also writes filmscripts, poetry, prose, and journalism, and has published several novellas. Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World, which will be published in twenty-five territories, is her first novel. She lives in Mexico. Lisa Dillman teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University and has translated numerous works of fiction by Argentine, Mexican, Catalan, and Spanish writers. She lives in Decatur, Georgia.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Henry Holt and Co.. 252 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Narrated by a savant rescued from a feral existence by a woman who discovers her in the basement of the house she inherits in Mazatlán, Mexico, this is a novel of ideas masquerading as a story about sustainable tuna fishing. Preposterous as that sounds, it's an assured and satisfying debut.

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Classified as a “highly functioning autistic” but known to herself simply as “Me,” the remarkable narrator of Mexican poet and playwright Berman’s entrancing debut is happiest at the bottom of the sea

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Mexican writer Sabina Berman's debut novel about a woman with autism glows with charm and assurance, writes Adam Feinstein

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Publishers Weekly

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Though it becomes clear that Karen’s IQ lies, as Isabelle bluntly put it, “between imbecile and idiot,” Karen also has vision, specifically to bring humane fishing practices to the cannery, Consolation Tuna Ltd., where she loves watching the fish, or, when that isn’t possible, walking aro...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Although Karen finds it difficult to understand people and feels most at ease either hanging upside down clothed in a diving suit or lingering at the bottom of the ocean until her oxygen is about to run out, the funniest and most enlightening moments occur when Karen observes humans doing what we...

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