I write books for people who are stuck at home or on a bus commuting to work, a hospital, a plane or the DMV. I hope my readers see themselves reflected in my work, as villains and as heroes. And I hope for a few hours to change the color of their skies.
In Sylvester's second novel, realism and surrealism occupy the same space- as in life- or life as I understand it, anyway. Everyone Knows You Go Home follows a group of migrants as they make their way from Mexico to the US. Each short chapter reveals a buried memory, the sacrifices they make, and the price they pay for seeking the American dream. Their actions touch generations. Sylvester's spare writing allows emotion to come through unfiltered. Everyone Knows is a satisfying, timely read.I received a free copy for review, but I purchased the audio version to better inhabit the world Sylvester so artfully created.