Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia SylvesterEveryone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

Everyone Knows You Go Home

byNatalia Sylvester

Paperback | March 13, 2018

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From the acclaimed author of Chasing the Sun comes a new novel about immigration and the depths to which one Mexican American family will go for forgiveness and redemption.

The first time Isabel meets her father-in-law, Omar, he’s already dead—an apparition appearing uninvited on her wedding day. Her husband, Martin, still unforgiving for having been abandoned by his father years ago, confesses that he never knew the old man had died. So Omar asks Isabel for the impossible: persuade Omar’s family—especially his wife, Elda—to let him redeem himself.

Isabel and Martin settle into married life in a Texas border town, and Omar returns each year on the celebratory Day of the Dead. Every year Isabel listens, but to the aggrieved Martin and Elda, Omar’s spirit remains invisible. Through his visits, Isabel gains insight into not just the truth about his disappearance and her husband’s childhood but also the ways grief can eat away at love. When Martin’s teenage nephew crosses the Mexican border and takes refuge in Isabel and Martin’s home, questions about past and future homes, borders, and belonging arise that may finally lead to forgiveness—and alter all their lives forever.

Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the United States at age four. As a child, she spent time in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas before her family set down roots in Miami, where she received a BA in creative writing from the University of Miami. A former magazine editor, Natalia now works as a freelance writer in T...
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Title:Everyone Knows You Go HomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:334 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 13, 2018Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:154204636X

ISBN - 13:9781542046367

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deeply moving novel about immigration With a plentitude of storylines, EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME was a book that couldn't be rushed. Set in the present and the past, I felt the most connected to the border crossing chapters. Pushing past fear and brutal conditions, Omar and Elda's group relied on the faint possibility of hope to carry them through the most harrowing environments, forever at the mercy of coyotes who viewed them as numbers, not people. The dehumanization they faced in order to escape the violence and poverty of their homes wasn't sugarcoated, and with the current political climate in the US regarding Mexican immigrants, there couldn't be a better time to have a novel reconfirm that immigrants are human beings. Including Eduardo's experiences as an undocumented teenage immigrant also consistently punched me in the heart. Because getting over the border was only the first step and Eduardo had lots of adjusting to do once he made it. These characters sacrificed so much in order to have the chance to live in the US, but even if they managed to cross, the fear of being caught by ICE and other law enforcement agencies followed them forever. Trying to start a new life with that fear ever-present isn't something I can imagine, which proves why fiction is so important. Along with currently relevant themes of immigration and family, Natalia Sylvester's elegant writing brought beauty to bleaker moments--a commendable feat, considering the premise. A deeply meaningful work of fiction, EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME is an unequivocal must read. Big thanks to Amazon Publishing for a finished copy.
Date published: 2019-04-01