Recommended by Amy Sue Nathan
Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester is a family drama that’s timeless as much as it is timely. Beautifully written and artfully crafted, the multiple points of view are clear, not confusing at all (which happens, you know it does). Sylvester offers a well-rounded view of the characters and elements in the storylines.
I loved this book because while it is about immigration and culture and human rights, it’s also just as much about relationships and marriage, in-laws, friends, family, and talking to dead relatives. Who can’t relate to all that? I know I did.
While I gained insight into what some migrant families might face as they cross the border and settle in the US, I think my biggest takeaway was that, at their core, they weren’t very different from me at all. I knew that—but reminders are always welcome.
If you’re looking to immerse yourself and float away – while paying homage to the times in which we’re living, Everyone Knows You Go Home is the perfect read.
Amy Sue Nathan is the author The Good Neighbor (St. Martin’s Press, December 2015) and The Glass Wives (St. Martin’s Press, May 2013) and dozens of articles, essays, and stories published in The Chicago Tribune, Printers Row Journal, Chicago Parent, Huffington Post, and the New York Times and Washington Post online, among many others.