by Julia Alvarez

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. 

For Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, the rug has been pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her husband suddenly dies. Fiercely intelligent, sharply droll, and disinclined to engage, Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she has loved-lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack. But when, on top of everything else, her bighearted but unstable sister disappears and a pregnant, undocumented migrant teenager appears on Antonia's doorstep, she finds that the world demands more of her than words.

Afterlife is a compact, nimble novel set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, a novel that asks: How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves?  This novel marks the highly regarded Alvarez return to fiction in 15 years.

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