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The Woman Who Dived into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman
  

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Taking over her deceased sister's tuna cannery, Isabelle discovers a severely autistic girl, Karen, and teaches her to live. Narrated largely in Karen's faltering voice, this is very much Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time territory only here we travel through much of Karen's life from school, animal husbandry at collage and into the family business, concentrating mainly on her ambition or 'vision' to develop her tuna industry. It is a glorious, warm story weaving features of autism into the telling but glossing over some of the associated difficulties, in the main because Karen doesn't see them! There are lots of cameos and asides about how she thinks and how standard humans think and the flaws in the latter. A charming tale, highly thought-provoking.

If you like Sabina Berman you might also like to read books by Junot Diaz, Reif Larsen and Mark Haddon.

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The Woman Who Dived into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman

In the wake of her sister's death, Isabelle moves from her home in California to her birthplace in Mexico to take over the running of the family tuna company. There, she discovers a wild child - a thing with no name, who turns out to be the autistic niece she never knew she had. So she sets herself the task of turning it into a human being - a human being named Karen. To start, she tries to get her to say her first word: 'Me'. And then begins the greatest journey of all, as Karen learns how to become 'Me'. It is a voyage of discovery that will take her to the bottom of the ocean, and into the heart of the world.

About the Author

Sabina Berman lives in Mexico and is a highly acclaimed playwright and screenwriter. This is her first novel.

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Publication date

1st May 2013

Author

Sabina Berman

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781849833431

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