Meet author Natalia Sylvester as she presents her new book, Everyone Knows You Go Home.
In Everyone Knows You Go Home, Sylvester weaves together the past and the present, the living and dead, to expose the harsh realities of immigration and the risks one Mexican family will take to protect their legacy.
The Day of the Dead is more than a tradition for Isabel, it awakens the ghosts of the past longing for a way back home. On the day of her wedding, Isabel is visited by her father-in-law, Omar, for the first time—but he’s already dead. Her new husband, Martin, refuses to forgive the apparition of his father for abandoning him as a child. Suddenly, Isabel becomes Omar’s only hope to achieve in death what he couldn’t in life: redeptiom. As each year passes, Omar continues to visit Isabel on the Day of the Dead. She begins to learn the truth about why he left, Martin’s childhood, and the immense grief his spirit carries. It is only when Martin’s teenage nephew crosses the Mexican border and takes refuge in their home that questions about the family’s past arise. The answers will take them beyond border lines, into new homes, and alter all their lives forever.
Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the US at age four and spent time in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Miami, is a faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Regis University, and works as a freelance writer in Austin. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Catapult, Latina magazine, and the Austin American-Statesman. Natalia’s first novel, Chasing the Sun, was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and was chosen as a Book of the Month by the National Latino Book Club.