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While it appears at times that macho Native American trickster Coyote has anointed himself her spiritual guide, mentoring this journey back to herself, it is Jesse's own insatiable curiosity to solve the mystery of a 15th century crucifix, her stumbling into the five hundred year old secrets of a New Mexican Hispanic community, and her connection to the son of relocated New Mexican Pueblo Indians which transforms The Memory Keeper and its rhythms from spiritual journey into adventure. The Memory Keeper is a love story.
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.63(d)|
|Age Range:||15 Years|
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Like the parables in Christian scriptures, The Memory Keeper tells a simple tale of love and reconciliation. From the root of Jesse [Abraham]'s seemingly unanchored life, a towering truth arises Jesse's truth adding rings of strength for each year and each step of her homecoming. Jesse's story is true to the parables of old the everyday things of humanity peeled back layer by layer to reveal the divine.
(David LaGreca, STB, MBA; former Priest; Lecturer, Author)
Laura Nadworny's The Memory Keeper represents a wonderful combination of suspense, mystery and historical fiction. The novel skillfully uses the crypto-Judaism in the Hispanic community of New Mexico as a vehicle to examine the theme of marginality in our society not only among crypto-Jews, but various other ethnic groups as well, including Pueblo Indians, Anglos and Ashkenazi Jews. Nadworny's characters teach us the futility of trying to escape our past, and remind us how important it is for each of us to come to terms with our history and cultural heritage. This is a sweet, moving, well-written piece of fiction.
(Stanley M. Hordes, PhD; former New Mexico State Historian)
I was right there with these characters in New Mexico and Barcelona. They rang clear and true for me. Laura Nadworny has succeeded in weaving mystery, culture, history, romance, and most importantly, self-discovery and self-acceptance all in one novel.
(Mona Cavalli, Chef/Entrepreneur, Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Reading The Memory Keeper was, for me, a visual experience. From scene to scene and chapter to chapter, it is fluid, vivid and mesmerizing. The reader is left haunted by this tale of spiritual heritage and mystical power. It will make a great film....
(Teresa Zaccagno, Independent Film Producer )
The one piece of THE MEMORY KEEPER which is threaded so effectively throughout the book and which really stayed in my mind is Laura Nadworny's
statement about knowing one's own story. This knowledge is power. Those of us assigned to the margins, for whatever reason, are always asked to account for ourselves. I imagine that not being able to answer such questions, not for anyone else but for oneself, could be the worst kind of torture. We all need this kind of ownership and even if we don't know it's missing, we are inclined to search for it. All this I hear from the protagonist Jesse.
(Lori Hill, Doctoral student, Sociology; The University of Chicago)