256 pages, 8.61 × 5.96 × 0.98 in
June 4, 2014
Henry Holt and Co.
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0805093257
ISBN - 13: 9780805093254
About the Book
A transporting and brilliant comic novel by an award-winning Mexican playwright, journalist, and poet narrated by an unforgettable woman: Karen Nieto, an autistic savant whose idiosyncrasies prove her greatest gifts.
Read from the Book
1 … the sea …… and the white sand beach …The sea flecked with sunlight all the way out to the horizon.* * *Then the white sand beach, where the waves roll in, dissolve into foam. And, up in the sky, a sun full of white fire.* * *I’m thirsty.I’m going to stop writing and go get a glass of water.* * *And then, suddenly, 1 day, a girl, wearing socks and huaraches, sitting on a red blanket on the white sand, her knees pulled up against her chest. A skinny, gawky girl, rocking back and forth, whispering:Me.Over and over:Me.Me.A skinny girl in a big white T-shirt that billows up with wind, her legs bent, her knees drawn up against her chest. A girl whispering into the wind, into the sea:Me.Me.Then a wave rises up and crashes down and the girl loses herself in the din, she disappears from herself, she’s not there. What happened to Me? The fragile being made of words has vanished and in its place is only a vast Not-Me: the sea.* * *I’m going to get another glass of water.* * *Someone leads her into the wind, takes her by the hand—the skinny, gawky girl, her white T-shirt down to her thighs—and spreads a red blanket on the sand and sits her down and tells her what to say. Repeat:Me.Me.This happens over and over, every afternoon of every day, this sitting on the sand and rocking back and forth and saying Me and this self disappearing in the roar of the wave that crashes and dissolves into foam that skims quickly over the sand.* * *My aunt Isabelle, as she later
From the Publisher
A transporting and brilliant 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 the Author
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.
"Remarkable . . . a poetic and beautifully written novel that engages with human emotions and humanity's connectedness with nature. . . Both the plot and the language of this book are totally enthralling. It's one of those books that you have to disentangle from every time you set it down - it's so easy to become part of Karen's world, where ideas and relationships are 90 degrees different from the world most of us inhabit. It's also a beautiful treatise on nature's importance to humans of all kinds, even those justifiably called "Miss Different Abilities." -About.com"Transporting and delightful . . . Berman's clear prose pulls the reader into another kind of mind, one capable of diving deep into nature and its many-shaped soul." -Orion Magazine"To Charm You: In Berman's magical fiction debut, Karen, the autistic heir to a fishery, is encouraged by a kindly aunt to use her savant gifts to save the family business. A gem." -Good Housekeeping"A Mexican poet and journalist crafts a revealing debut novel about youth, food, the environment and the human spirit. Tall order." -The Denver Post"ME, Who Dove into the Heart of the World is a beautifully written, emotionally affecting debut featuring a protagonist whose "different abilities" include surprising and charming the reader." -Shelf Awareness"Enthralling. . . . Berman explores big philosophical questions about the ethical relationship between people and animals. But there are no sermons here, just a hymn to the sacred connect