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Publisher's Summary

The first adult novel in almost 15 years by the internationally best-selling author of In the Time of the Butterflies and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.

Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves - lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack - but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.

Afterlife is a compact, nimble, and sharply droll novel. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, it asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including - maybe especially - members of our human family? How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those glorious souls we have lost? 

©2020 Julia Alvarez (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • Karenmarie
  • 2020-05-06

That's all?

With Butterflies being a life-changing book, I expected more out of this story. It lacked depth and believability for me.

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  • Louise
  • 2020-04-29

Highly recommended

A beautiful, moving story read with such care and tenderness . Loved the relationships in the sisterhood and will take away the thoughts on the afterlife.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-04-27

Hooked!

I loved it from beginning to end. it captured a small glimpse of real life.

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  • Damarys Reyes Geronimo
  • 2020-08-20

Another grear book!

Glad to have read another great book by Julia Alvarez. Mental health is serious so happy to see a story where it is addressed

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  • MJ Clausen
  • 2020-12-29

Loved this book.

Julia Alvarez never disappoints. This story of the widow Antonia navigating family issues with two of her sisters regarding the disappearance of the eldest sister, Izzy, beings home family issues of dealing with mental health issues. She also is involved with an undocumented pregnant teenager with nowhere to turn. This is a thoughtful book with a caring narrator. Alma Cuervo did an excellent job as narrator. For the Taylor Jenkins Reid fans, she was the voice of Evelyn Hugo.

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  • Physalia
  • 2020-11-01

still thinking about main character

short novella. well written. meaningful story leave you pondering about life situations, and issues surrounding us

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  • The Dude
  • 2020-09-01

Good enough

A well-written story, but not overwhelmingly good. Descriptions of the central character's widowhood are moving. But the resolution of the story is pretty trite.