cover image Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun

Natalia Sylvester. New Harvest, $24 (304p) ISBN 978-0-544-26217-1

Sylvester debuts with a page-turning novel that strikes a balance between austere domesticity and suspenseful, life-altering, trauma. Set in Lima, Peru during the 1990s, the novel presents a time of political and social turbulence through the intimate lens of a crumbling relationship. Within the first pages, the stanch portrayal of a failing marriage is suddenly interrupted when Marabela Jimenez does not return home from an evening of errands. The next day, a letter arrives in the mail for her husband Andres revealing the unimaginable: Marabela has been kidnapped. With each passing day, Andres is driven to fight against all odds to save his wife while deciding if their marriage is truly worth saving. Inspired by her grandfather's kidnapping,%C2%A0Sylvester causes readers to consider how trauma has the power to strengthen individuals, mend the past, and uncover our deepest secrets and most arduous truths. (June)