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Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World

By Sabina Berman and Lisa Dillman
Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman and Lisa Dillman digital book - Fable

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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.

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3.5
“Very reminiscent in ways of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME. All in all I loved this book but the ending was so anticlimactic that I had to give it four stars instead of five. There were several times when I laughed out loud and there were plenty of times when I really felt for the characters in the book but the ending was just so not an ending to me that . . . well yeah. But that said, I can't think of any other way that the book could have ended that would have necessarily made it any better. It was just one of those plots that you can't really have a penultimate ending for I suppose. If you liked THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME then this book is right up your alley. A good, fast read, from a writer I'd be more than willing to check out again given the opportunity. The book is about an Autistic girl/woman named Karen who joins society very late in life after essentially being allowed to run wild like an animal without learning to speak or behave in any way until she is well into her teenage years (I'm guessing the age here). Her aunt raises her from that point on and Karen's life becomes something of a marvel made possible because of rather than in spite of her Autism. I am required to state in my review that I won this book for free through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaways.”

About Sabina Berman

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 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.

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