It Would Be Night in Caracas

Harper. Oct. 2019. 237p. ISBN 9780062936868. pap. $24.99. F
DEBUT Named after her beloved mother, Adelaida Falcón lives in Caracas, Venezuela. The city is full of violence and death, with corruption and radical regimes having made it a dangerous place. When a group of female black marketeers dealing in illegally obtained foodstuffs take over her apartment, Adelaida moves next door after discovering former resident Aurora Peralta dead on the living room floor. After disposing of the body and realizing that the violence around her is becoming worse, Adelaida commits all her time and resources to learning what she can about Aurora. Soon she escapes, taking Aurora’s identity and the euros she finds hidden in the apartment, and, in scenes where emotions are vividly and realistically depicted, starts a new life in Madrid.
VERDICT Extremely well written, beautifully translated, and graphic enough to make the reader feel afraid of the knocking on the door, this debut novel offers a heartfelt, personal story told without sentimentality while offering keen insight into the everyday fight for survival in a place that is still very much a failed state.
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