THURSDAY, MARCH 29 AT 7:00 PM
Natalia Sylvester's Everyone KNows You Go Home
in conversation with jade chang
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.
Every year Omar returns 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.
Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the United States at age four. As a child, she spent time in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas before her family set down roots in Miami, where she received a BA in creative writing from the University of Miami.
A former magazine editor, Natalia now works as a freelance writer in Texas and is a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at Regis University.
Her articles have appeared in Latina magazine, Writer’s Digest, the Austin American-Statesman, and on NBCLatino.com. Natalia’s debut 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.
Debut novelist Jade Chang is the author of The Wangs vs. the World. She has worked as an arts and culture journalist and was recently an editor at Goodreads.
Her first paying job after college was as a researcher for the J. Peterman catalog. (Yes, where Elaine worked on Seinfeld—it's real!) Jade is the winner of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and a nominee of the PEN/Robert W, Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. The Wangs vs. the World will be published in 12 languages.
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