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Everyone Knows You Go Home

Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

From the acclaimed author of Chasing the Sun comes a new novel about immigration and the depths to which one Mexican American family will go for forgiveness and redemption.

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.

Isabel and Martin settle into married life in a Texas border town, and Omar returns each year 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. When Martin’s teenage nephew crosses the Mexican border and takes refuge in Isabel and Martin’s home, questions about past and future homes, borders, and belonging arise that may finally lead to forgiveness - and alter all their lives forever.

©2018 Natalia Sylvester (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Very enjoyable, but frustrating

The end made feel there were so many unanswered questions still and like there wasn't enough closure for all characters

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  • Inkish Kingdoms
  • 03-12-18

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The cover resembles the desert thousands of people walk day and night to get a better life. A multi-color desert depicting all the people whose histories got interlaced through the years. This story moved me deeply not only for the raw experience of crossing the border but also for all of those who the desert was the last sun they saw rising or falling.

Chicano literature is so rich and so powerful. Something I love deeply about this novels is the human experience that gave so much weight to the story. The human experience that people can relate personally and see as part of society. People from the States can use this title to understand a little bit more why people cross the border, why people take the lowest jobs possible, and how their fear to lose all they have for being considered aliens and illegals.

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  • Kathleen Simons
  • 29-08-18

Good story; slow performance

I had to listen to this book on 1.5x speed. Frankie Corzo narrated SO slow I kept thinking my app had paused itself. The enormous gaps between sentences was driving me nuts.

The story is a refreshing story that invites the reader into the life of immigrants in a very educational way. Outstanding!!