In A Place Where the Sea Remembers, Sandra Benítez invites us into a mesmerizing world filled with, love and betrayal, tragedy and hope. This rich and bewitching story is a bittersweet portrait of the people in Santiago, a Mexican village by the sea. Chayo, the flower seller, and her husband Candelario, the salad maker, are finally blessed with the child they thought they would never have. Their cause for happiness, however, triggers a chain of events that impact the lives of everyone in their world.
The hopes, triumphs, failures, and shortcomings of the novel’s enchanting array of characters create a graceful picture of life that is both a universal portrait and an insider’s look at life in Latin America.
1994 Minnesota Book Award for Fiction Winner
1994 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award Winner
1994 Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction Finalist
“A Place Where the Sea Remembers is a contemporary but universal tragedy which resounds with a sense of hope. Sandra Benítez sketches rich and complex portraits of the people who inhabit this Mexican village by the sea . . . This cast of characters has haunted me since I read the book. I recommend it highly.” —Rudolfo Anaya
“Sandra Benítez’ world is poignant, passionate, bittersweet. There are no small lives. Her characters are magnificent, merciful, soul-rooted creatures clinging to the shore.” —Denise Chávez
“A vivid, graceful, tautly constructed work of fiction that succeeds on numerous artistic levels. Sandra Benítez has clearly put her heart into this book, and I’m confident that the reader will feel the emotional grip of a splendid new storyteller.” —Tim O’Brien