Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme to spotlight a future release that you’re excited about. It’s hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week’s choice is a book I’ve been looking forward to for a while. It is Afterlife by Julia Alvarez, one of my all-time favorite authors.

Have you ever read In the Time of the Butterflies? My favorite Julia Alvarez novel, it is a powerful story that stays with you long after you finish it. I loved this book so much that I convinced my department head to purchase thirty copies (In my past life when I taught high school English) so that I could teach it to my students. 🙂

Title: Afterlife

Author: Julia Alvarez

Expected Publication Date: April 7, 2020

Genre: Literary Fiction


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?

10 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

    1. Yes! I loved that one. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents is another great one! I haven’t read Before We Were Free, but it also looks amazing. 🙂

      1. All of her books look amazing! Today, I just actually finished reading Before We Were Free, and I definitely recommend it!!!

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