Chasing the Sun
Andres suspects his wife has left himagain. Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: shes been kidnapped. Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela, but now that shes gone, hell do anything to get her back. Or will he?
As Marabela slips farther away, Andres must decide whether they still have something worth fighting for, and exactly...more
The plot was okay, there was nothing egregious about the writing, but it felt for all the world that I was just going through the motions to read it. The phrase 'making up for lost time' is faulty. It ...more
Chasing The Sun is the stunning debut novel from Natalia Sylvester that I just couldn't put down. It's books like these that really make me appreciate how lucky I am to be able to participate in the Firstreads program. Being given the chance to win an advance reader copy is always thrilling. For a broke student like me who always plays it safe when purchasing books, the giveaways give me the opportunity to go outside of my comfort zone when picking stories.
The novel tells the story of a husband, ...more
So it comes as no surprise that her debut novel, based in part on a kidnapping within her extended family, held ...more
This is one of the first ...more
The cover of this book hooked me, and its interesting blurb reeled me in.
Then it lost me literally as soon as I started reading.
Some reasons I am abandoning this book
-Stiff, unnatural dialogue. (This is basically a dealbreaker for me on its own.)
-Boredom from the get-go. (Weird start to a book when you should be hooking the reader, let me say.)
-Overly descriptive about things like cans of vegetables. (I don't care. Please don't give me a detailed description of canned food, unless there's ...more
Imagine that your marriage is failing, and then your significant other is kidnapped and held for ransom by political extremists. What would you be willing to pay? How would you feel? Could things ever be the ...more
The setting is Peru where police can be often unable to provide help with kidnappings, for whatever reasons. This story required the help of an intermediary, someone who could help with the demands of the kidnappers. I was very interested in this story and did find myself unable to put the book down for the last half.
Natalia Sylvester paints a portrait of the Jimenez family in Peru that is so specific and so true that the story becomes universal. We can all connect to poor Andres, struggling to do the right thing; to his kidnapped wife, who has been unhappy for awhile; to his daughter, who doesnt understand whats going on but just wants her mom; to his ...more
Well written, with just the right amount of ...more
But appearances can deceive. All is not well in the Lima, Peru home of the Jimenez family. Marabela recently left Andres, only to return after four days for the sake of their children, Ignacio and Cynthia. Andres still loves ...more
When I heard about Natalia Sylvester's debut novel, Chasing the Sun, which tells the story of an industrialist's wife's kidnapping in Peru, I was curious to read it. Sylvester lived in Lima, Peru and her novel is inspired by a family ...more
Thus far, the story is about a man, Andres, in Peru whose wife has been kidnapped for ransom, a common occurrence in Peru. Andres is a business owner and well off enough to have servants, a nice home, and the best ...more
Although I admired many things about this book, including the intriguing setting and the author's development of the main characters at the beginning of the book, I ultimately felt that the story could have been stronger. The switch in narrative POV in the second half of the book was distracting for me, because it didn't seem to fully allow me into the characters' heads. It was hard for me to be fully ...more
Sylvester's flair with language and style of writing also just had the ability to transport me and make me feel like I was in a completely different place and time while I was reading- I felt the stress and fear of her characters, ...more
She received a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami and now lives in Texas. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, McSweeney's Publishing, and the Austin American-Statesman.
Natalias first novel, ...more