Sandra Benitez is a Puerto Rican author who specializes in novels and short stories. One of her most famous short stories is “A Place Where the Sea Remembers.” It’s about a young girl named Esperanza who migrates to a tiny seaside community with her family. There, she meets a boy named Miguel, who teaches her how to find seashells on the beach. The two become pals, but when cops take away Miguel, Esperanza is left devastated.
One day, while Esperanza is out looking for shells, she finds a conch shell that has Miguel’s name written on it. She realizes that he must have left it there for her, and she decides to keep it as a reminder of their friendship. Esperanza continues to visit the beach, and each time she finds a new shell, she thinks of Miguel.
Years later, when Esperanza is an old woman, she returns to the beach one last time. She sits down on the sand and looks out at the sea, remembering all the happy times she had with Miguel. Suddenly, she hears his voice calling her name. She turns around and sees him standing there, looking just as he did when they were children. They embrace each other and say goodbye, knowing that they will never forget each other or the special place where their friendship began.
A novel by Sandra Benitez, A Place Where the Sea Remembers is a story of love and rage, hope and tragedy, with memorable characters. Remedios, the healer, listens to people’s tales and gives them guidance in the Mexican village of Santiago.
Some say she has the “gift of second sight.” But even she cannot foresee the events that will change her life and the life of her daughter, Florencia.
Sandra Benitez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1944, and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of eighteen. She is the author of nine novels and three collections of short stories, including A Place Where the Sea Remembers, which was afinalist for the American Book Award. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. Sandra Benitez lives in Edina, Minnesota.
The healer goes to the sea to relate her stories, and the sea replies. “The sea listens, and the sea repeats.” Chayo (19), the flower-seller, and Candelario (28), the salad-maker, are at the center of this narrative. They are unable to have a kid, so when Marta (16) becomes pregnant as a result of being raped but no one believes her claims, Candelario offers to adopt it as his own. Marta accepts his offer.
Nine months later, on the night that Marta is to give birth, she disappears. The baby is born with webbed feet and hands. Chayo and Candelario name her Esperanza (Hope).
The townspeople gossip and say that the child is a mermaid, or a demon, or cursed. They say that Chayo must have done something to anger the saints, or maybe she’s a witch. No one will buy flowers from her anymore. And no one will let their children play with Hope.
Chayo takes Hope and goes to the sea to ask for its help. And the sea does help, in its own way.
Now, in the second season of Between, Marta decides to take a trip to El Paso with Remedios and Chayo. At the train station, where they are about to depart for El Paso, Chayo refuses to go because she has changed her mind about their mother’s death-penalty trial.
Remedios exposes Marta as having lied from the start by telling her that all of these years mothering alone will make it difficult for her daughter to replace it later on. She tells Marta that everyone thinks she killed her baby; how can she leave? Even though he is still alive today, his father was murdered right next door when 7 year old Chayo was just born into this world.
Marta leaves for El Paso, and eventually has a child of her own, which she names Sandra. Sandra is a beautiful and happy child, but when she reaches the age of five, she suddenly becomes very ill. Sandra’s illness cannot be explained, and doctors are baffled. Marta grows increasingly desperate until she finally takes Sandra back to Mexico to see if Remedios can help.
Remedios tells Marta that Sandra is not really ill; the sorcerer’s spell is taking effect and Sandra is slowly becoming Chayo’s child. There is nothing that can be done to stop it. Marta is devastated, but decides to accept her fate and raise Sandra as her own daughter. Sandra grows up not knowing her true identity, but she always feels a deep connection to the sea.
One day, Sandra goes to the beach and sees a little girl playing in the waves. The girl looks just like Sandra did at that age, and Sandra is overcome with emotion. She knows that this must be Chayo’s child, come to take her place. Sandra says goodbye to her old life and goes off to start a new one with the little girl.
Chayo’s husband returns from the war with a vicious cut on his face, and she has a second baby that they name Ramiro after her father. When Chayo learns Marta is pregnant, she leaves her laundry to dry in the sun so it will shrink before returning home. But when the water rises at the book’s conclusion, Ramiro drowns in it, ending their feud. Remedios waits for the body to surface at the coast and forgives Chayo and Marta.
Marta had been trying to warn Chayo about the coming flood but Chayo had not listened. A Place Where the Sea Remembers is a novel by Sandra Benitez. It tells the story of two friends, Chayo and Marta, who live in a small town in Mexico. Chayo is pregnant with her first child, and she is very excited about it. However, her pregnancy is complicated by the fact that she is cursed by a sorceror. The sorceror has placed a spell on her that will make her son’s life very difficult.
Marta, on the other hand, is pregnant with her second child. She is not as excited about this pregnancy as she was with her first. This is because her first child was born with a very rare condition that makes him deathly allergic to things like fire ants. As a result, she is very worried about what will happen to her second child.