Natalia Sylvester



Natalia Sylvester


Austin, TX, USA


Fiction, Women's Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult and Children, Coming-of-Age

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Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester is the award-winning author of two novels for adults and a forthcoming young adult novel. CHASING THE SUN was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad Magazine and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME won an International Latino Book Award and the 2019 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her third novel, RUNNING, is a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection and will be out in July 2020 from Clarion Books/HMH.


“Sylvester’s YA debut embodies the theme of our decade: to stand up and speak up for what we believe in.” — Mahjabeen Syed, Booklist (starred review)
In this thoughtful, authentic, humorous, and gorgeously written novel about privacy, waking up, and speaking up, Senator Anthony Ruiz is running for president. Throughout his successful political career he has always had his daughter’s vote, but a presidential campaign brings a whole new level of scrutiny to sheltered fifteen-year-old Mariana and the rest of her Cuban American family, from a 60 Minutes–style tour of their house to tabloids doctoring photos and inventing scandals. As tensions rise within the Ruiz family, Mari begins to learn about the details of her father’s political positions, and she realizes that her father is not the man she thought he was.But how do you find your voice when everyone’s watching? When it means disagreeing with your father—publicly? What do you do when your dad stops being your hero? Will Mari get a chance to confront her father? If she does, will she have the courage to seize it?


International Latino Book Award – Everyone Knows You Go Home

Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters – Everyone Knows You Go Home

2020 Junior Library Guild Selection – Running

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Everyone Knows You Go Home

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Chasing the Sun

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