• Hardcover: 240 pages
• Publisher: HarperVia (October 15, 2019)
Told with gripping intensity, It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous, sometimes deadly, turbulence of modern Venezuela and the lengths she must go to secure her future.
In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcón stands over an open grave. Alone, she buries her mother—the only family she has ever known—and worries that when night falls thieves will rob the grave. Even the dead cannot find peace here.
Adelaida had a stable childhood in a prosperous Venezuela that accepted immigrants in search of a better life, where she lived with her single-mother in a humble apartment. But now? Every day she lines up for bread that will inevitably be sold out by the time she reaches the registers. Every night she tapes her windows to shut out the tear gas raining down on protesters. When looters masquerading as revolutionaries take over her apartment, Adelaida must make a series of gruesome choices in order to survive in a country disintegrating into anarchy, where citizens are increasingly pitted against each other. But just how far is she willing to go?
A bold new voice from Latin America, Karina Sainz Borgo’s touching, thrilling debut is an ode to the Venezuelan people and a chilling reminder of how quickly the world we know can crumble.
I can’t imagine living through what Adelaida lived through. Not only was she dealing with the death of her mother but she was also dealing with the chaos in her world.
The book is full of information about the events in Caracas but since it’s a work of fiction and I don’t know much about what has happened in the past and what is still going on in Venezuela, I don’t know how accurate it is. This is a story about living in a country where your only thought 24/7 is how you are going to survive.
The book is short at only 240 pages, but in those pages you get a lot and are very thankful that you have not had to live through anything like this.
Great writing, great characters, great mix of emotions.
I would definitely read another book by this author.
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About Karina Sainz Borgo
Karina Sainz Borgo was born and raised in Caracas. She began her career in Venezuela as a journalist for El Nacional. Since immigrating to Spain ten years ago, she has written for Vozpópuli and collaborates with the literary magazine Zenda. She is the author of two nonfiction books, Tráfico y Guaire (2008) and Caracas Hip-Hop (2008). It Would Be Night in Caracas is her first work of fiction.
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