Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book #3 - Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

Isabel and Martin, a young couple in a Texas border town, get married on the Day of the Dead. They don’t think much of this coincidence until Martin’s estranged father Omar shows up at the reception, and it turns out the family didn’t even know he had died. While Omar and Isabel bond, Martin and the rest of the family want nothing to do with him. Later Martin’s young cousin arrives from Mexico and moves in with them. This may sound a little like Coco meets El Norte, but the spiritual visitations are treated in a matter-of-fact way that makes perfect sense within the story. There’s also a separate timeline from the 1980s about Omar’s trip across the border with his pregnant young wife, told effectively in alternating chapters. This is a moving, harrowing, and timely story about family, grief, home, and belonging. I especially liked the way the author portrayed the quiet moments between siblings, couples, parents, friends. Read 7-12 January, 2019. Fulfills Litsy Booked2019 reading challenge prompt: related to a podcast, and here’s a link to an interview with the author.
Tags: family saga, fiction, international

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