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Afterlife

(2020)
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A Most-Anticipated Book of the Year: O, The Oprah Magazine * The New York Times * The Washington Post *Vogue * Bustle * BuzzFeed * Ms. Magazine *The Millions * The Huffington Post * PopSugar * The LilyGoodreads * Library Journal * LitHub * Electric Literature

The first adult novel in almost fifteen years by the internationally bestselling author of In the Time of the Butterflies and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

“A stunning work of art that reminds readers Alvarez is, and always has been, in a class of her own.” —Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller The Poet X


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?

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A stunning work of art that reminds readers Alvarez is, and always has been, in a class of her own." - Elizabeth Acevedo

"From the very beginning, Julia Alvarez has proven herself a wise and funny writer with a sharp eye and ear for the joys and obligations of love and family. Now, in Afterlife, she applies her gifts to last things, as her Antonia struggles to move beyond the consolations of poetry and embrace the buzzing, blooming confusion of the world again." - Stewart O'Nan

"Ravishing and heartfelt, Afterlife explores the complexities of familial devotion and tragedy against a backdrop of a world in crisis, and the ways in which we struggle to maintain hope, faith, compassion and love. This is Julia Alvarez at her best and most personal." - Jonathan Santlofer

"A powerful testament of witness and humanity written with audacity and authority." - Luis Alberto Urrea


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Hardback Editions

July 2020 : USA Library Binding

Title: Afterlife
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 1-4328-8194-9 / 978-1-4328-8194-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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April 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Afterlife
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 1-64375-025-9 / 978-1-64375-025-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2021 : USA Paperback

Title: Afterlife
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 1-64375-136-0 / 978-1-64375-136-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Title: Afterlife
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Title: Afterlife
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
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