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Published May 21, 2014

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Chasing the Sun
A Novel
by Natalia Sylvester
3 Jun 2014
304 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780544262171
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Andres suspects his wife has left him—again. Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: she's been kidnapped. Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela, but now that she's gone, he'll 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 what he'll give up to bring her home. And unfortunately, the decision isn't entirely up to him, or up to the private mediator who moves into the family home to negotiate with the terrorists holding Marabela. Andres struggles to maintain the illusion of control while simultaneously scrambling to collect his wife's ransom, tending to the needs of his two young children, and reconnecting with an old friend who may hold the key to his past and his wife's future.

Set in Lima, Peru, in a time of civil and political unrest, this evocative page-turner is a perfect marriage of domestic drama and suspense.

"The writing is clear, exact, and powerful, maintaining subtlety in spite of its dramatic subject matter, and the ending is smart and unexpected." - Booklist

"A fascinating, brooding depiction of a kidnapping in Peru and how the price of a happy marriage is much higher than any ransom." - Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"In Chasing the Sun, Natalia Sylvester paints an intimate portrait of a Peruvian businessman whose wife is kidnapped and held for ransom. The story resonates with every tortured breath of a loyal husband caught between money and family, a troubled marriage, and an aching heart." - Leslie Lehr, author of What a Mother Knows

"With wonderful writing and subtle insight, Natalia Sylvester has created a stunning combination of domestic drama and high political adventure. Chasing the Sun is a remarkable accomplishment." - Stephen Dau, author of The Book of Jonas

"An intimate, unflinching portrait of a marriage, examined against the suspenseful backdrop of a terrifying kidnapping. Natalia Sylvester writes masterfully about the many ties that bind and the sacrifices that may be necessary in order to truly free ourselves. Wise, lyrical, and intriguing throughout- this book stole me away, refusing my return until I finished the last page." - Seré Prince Halverson, author of The Underside of Joy

Natalia Sylvester was born in Lima, Peru, but grew up in South Florida, where she received a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Miami. Her work has appeared in Latina, Writer's Digest, and The Writer.

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