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Prosopagnosia
Prosopagnosia | SÚnia HernŠndez
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A sly and playful novel about the many faces we all have. Fifteen-year-old Berta says that beautiful things aren't made for her, or that she isn't destined to have them, or that the only things she deserves are ugly. It's why her main activity, when she's not at school, is playing the "prosopagnosia game"--standing in front of the mirror and holding her breath until she can no longer recognise her own face. An ibis is the only animal she wants for a pet. Berta's mother is in her forties. By her own estimation, she is at least twenty kilos overweight, and her husband has just left her. Her whole life, she has felt a keen sense of being very near to the end of things. She used to be a cultural critic for a regional newspaper. Now she feels it is her responsibility to make her and her daughter's lives as happy as possible. A man who claims to be the famous Mexican artist Vicente Rojo becomes entangled in their lives when he sees Berta faint at school and offers her the gift of a painting. This sets in motion an uncanny game of assumed and ignored identities, where the limits of what one wants and what one can achieve become blurred. Art, culture, motherhood, and the search for meaning all have a part to play in whether SÚnia Hernŗndez' characters recognise what they see within.
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emz711
Prosopagnosia | SÚnia HernŠndez
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What a nice surprise. This is a book totally out of my wheelhouse. Thanks CJ!
#clearmyshelvesgiveaway @ImperfectCJ

ImperfectCJ You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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CrowCAH
Prosopagnosia | SÚnia HernŠndez
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#ClearMyShelves giveaway by @ImperfectCJ

She reached 100,000 in Litfluence and she wants to reward us with books! ūüďö

Go to her original post for the google doc form to fill out and be entered in the drawing.

ImperfectCJ Thank you so much for sharing the post! 1mo
CrowCAH @ImperfectCJ you‘re welcome! ūüėĀ It‘s a very fun idea! 1mo
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CrowCAH @CarolynM thanks for tagging Litsy Events. I believe they‘ve already reposted her original post. 1mo
CarolynM I‘m helping out with Litsy Events this month & wanted to make sure it was picked upūüôā 1mo
CrowCAH @CarolynM Gotchya ūüĎćūüŹĽ I‘m sure @ImperfectCJ appreciates the due diligence. 1mo
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ImperfectCJ
Prosopagnosia | SÚnia HernŠndez
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As someone the same age as both the author and the narrator, I appreciate Hern√°ndez's reflections on parenthood and midlife. I like the exploration of reality and how our context shapes our perspective of the world and ourselves, how we choose to believe things that conform to our perception of the world. There also seems to be commentary on how Spain has reinvented itself post-Franco, although I don't think I catch all of those nuances.

ImperfectCJ Forgot to mention, I received this through LibraryThing Early Reviewers (although I'm so slow, it's not that early). 3y
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Prosopagnosia | SÚnia HernŠndez
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"My way of functioning has more to do with finding a reference or authority that gives credit to an idea I'm trying to manifest...There are so many theories and so many explanations that I find it hard to see myself in any of them, to feel that, at last, I have found an explanation of the world from which I can build a safe and secure life."

This sounds a bit like me burrowing into the internet late at night.