I just purchased this book last weekend so the timing on this review by Elliot Turner is perfect! https://www.latinobookreview.com/natalia-sylvester—everyone-knows-you-go-home–latino-book-review.html
The Rio Grande Valley and two harrowing tales of immigrants’ sacrifice serve as the key ingredients in Natalia Sylvester’s compelling sophomore novel.
On the day of their wedding, Martin and Isabel are visited by the spirit of Martin’s long disappeared father. He then visits Isabel annually and slowly reveals secrets from Martin’s past—things Martin has hidden and things hidden from Martin. Still, this tale is neither speculative fiction nor magical realism—it’s a moving domestic novel.
The plot speeds along quickly thanks to short chapters which alternate between the present, Martin and Isabel’s nascent marriage, and the past, the arrival of Martin’s family to the US. Unexpectedly, a young relative of Martin shows up, is undocumented, and asks them for help. They give him lodging, enroll him in high school, and over time they form a family unit. Things take a dark turn, though, when Martin’s mother gets gravely ill. Also, the constant concern and worry about Martin’s relative, who could be stopped and deported seemingly on a whim, also weighs on them.
Everyone Knows You Go Home is a gripping tale of family love, sacrifice and secrets revealed.
Everyone Knows You Go Home is published by Little A. Click here to purchase.