Everyone Knows You Go Home

Everyone Knows You Go Home

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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.
Publisher: New York : Little a, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781542046374
Branch Call Number: F SYLVESTER
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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Sep 03, 2018

Everyone Knows You Go Home had me hooked from the first few pages. Ironically enough, I just learned about the Day of the Dead a few months ago from a colleague who happens to be Mexican, so it was nice to read a story that incorporated the holiday in a way that enriches the overall plot; while also providing readers with more insight into Mexican culture. Honestly, there's nothing that I didn't like about this novel. I thought all of the characters and their individual conflicts were powerful and realistic. I'm looking forward to reading future novels written by Natalia Sylvester.


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Dec 27, 2018

All we know is what we remember, what we choose to hold on to.


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