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.
Telling a true story in front of an live audience is daunting. The joy of making the cut was immediately followed by fear and self-doubt.