Brighter Than the Sun


By Daniel Aleman

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This timely and thought-provoking story about a teen girl shouldering impossibly large responsibilities and ultimately learning that she doesn’t have to do it alone is the perfect follow-up to Daniel Aleman's award-winning debut novel, Indivisible

Every morning, sixteen-year-old Sol wakes up at the break of dawn in her hometown of Tijuana, Mexico and makes the trip across the border to go to school in the United States. Though the commute is exhausting, this is the best way to achieve her dream: becoming the first person in her family to go to college.
When her family’s restaurant starts struggling, Sol must find a part-time job in San Diego to help her dad put food on the table and pay the bills. But her complicated school and work schedules on the US side of the border mean moving in with her best friend and leaving her family behind. 

With her life divided by an international border, Sol must come to terms with the loneliness she hides, the pressure she feels to succeed for her family, and the fact that the future she once dreamt of is starting to seem unattainable. Mostly, she’ll have to grapple with a secret she’s kept even from herself: that maybe she’s relieved to have escaped her difficult home life, and a part of her may never want to return.


  • “…. Aleman’s direct, accessible prose believably conveys the heavy responsibility teens carry as they support their struggling families. ….(T)he emotional stakes here are compelling, and amidst all the hardship, Aleman inserts potent moments of joy and connection, the power of female friendship, and the perseverance of possibility.”  

On Sale
Mar 21, 2023
Page Count
352 pages

About the Author

NOVL - Headshot photo of Daniel Aleman

Daniel Aleman is the award-winning author of Indivisible. Born and raised in Mexico City, he has lived in various places across North America and is currently based in Toronto, where he is on a never-ending search for the best tacos in the city. Brighter Than the Sun is his second novel.

From NOVL Nation

“This was a lovely story about family, choices, the struggle to have/do it all, prejudice, friendship, and grief/loss.”

—Olivia, onemused

“A wonderful story that shows strength at every turn.”

—Melanie, @words.aremagic

“From the characters, to the world building, at first you never know where it goes, but I assure you it’s quite a ride. Powerful and moving!”

– Fil-Aurelio, @filaurelio


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