The Memory Keeper
by Larry K. Collins & Lorna Collins
Trade Paperback : 312 Pages
Publisher : CreateSpace
Publication Date : February 25, 2014
ISBN-10 : 1496054261
ISBN-13 : 978-1496054265
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Size : 6 x 9 x 0.8
Price : $15.00
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About the book
The Memory Keeper is the story of Tomás Romero, a native of the Acjachemen band, whom the Spanish renamed Juaneño. Born in 1820 in San Juan Capistrano, Tomás attends the mission school where, in addition to the catechism, he learns to read, write, and cipher—uncommon for the Indians in San Juan at the time. Because Tomás assists the padres, he becomes aware of the world outside the small religious community.
During his lifetime, he experiences the rule of Spain, Mexico, and finally, the United States. He survives drought, floods, plagues, the secularization of the mission property, and its return to the church. He also marries, raises two children, makes many friends, and provides assistance to the priests. He becomes co-owner of a mercantile. Although his story is rich with local history, it is, in the end, an engaging family saga with characters who come alive on the pages.
The Memory Keeper Book Club Questions
There are 14 questions about The Memory Keeper. For example, "1. One of Tomás’s earliest memories is of his mother relating the Acjachemen creation story. When he starts school at the mission, he learns the Christian creation story and immediately sees parallels."
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