It Would Be Night in Caracas

It Would Be Night in Caracas

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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?
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Description: 229 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780062936868
Branch Call Number: Sain


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Apr 08, 2020

Culture journalist Karina Sainz Borgo’s beautiful prose belies the brutal reality of the breakdown in civil society she lays bare in her first work of fiction.

jr3083 Jan 12, 2020

This novel is set in current-day Caracas. A young journalist Adelaida Falcón has just buried her mother, who has died of cancer despite Adelaida spending the last of their money on what turned out to be useless drugs. Adelaida was the only child of a single mother, and the two women were close. As Adelaida packs up her mother’s belongings, her world becomes increasingly small, focussed just on her own apartment building.

However, it is not just the loss of her mother than is driving Adelaida’s isolation within her apartment. Out on the streets, vigilante gangs, often under the protection of the government, are roaming and shooting....

There are a lot of coincidences in the plot of this book, and it doesn’t do to think about them too much lest the whole scenario fall apart. Instead, I more enjoyed the tension of not knowing whether she was going to escape, especially in the closing pages of the book. Even more, I was interested in (‘enjoyed’ is not the word) the exploration of a society which is breaking down completely, leaving individuals to fend for themselves.

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Apr 08, 2020

Adelaida narrates this terrifying story of navigating a desolate, desperate and dangerous Caracas as she labors to find a path to exile and freedom.

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