Natalia Sylvester

Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the United State at the age of four and grew up in South Florida. She eventually earned an undergraduate degree in creative writing from the University of Miami. A former magazine editor, Natalia now works as a freelance writer in Austin, Texas. Sylvester’s debut novel, Chasing the Sun (New Harvest), is a mature work of literature, one that — while thrilling — offers fully-drawn characters who suffer through an act of violence that was too common in Peru during the 1990s: the kidnapping of a loved one. Based on both research and family experience, Sylvester’s novel is an important and moving addition to the literature chronicling the brutality suffered by Peruvians during President Fujimori’s decade in office.

— Daniel Olivas