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    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
    • 06/05/2020

    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
    • 29/04/2020

    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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    • MJ Clausen
    • 29/12/2020

    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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    • The Dude
    • 01/09/2020

    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.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 27/04/2020

    Hooked!

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

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    • Physalia
    • 01/11/2020

    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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    • Damarys Reyes Geronimo
    • 20/08/2020

    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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    • Lenore
    • 26/04/2021

    Pick a Lane, Ms. Alvarez

    While the writing is fairly decent, this was an extremely frustrating read. What story was the author trying to tell? Was it about the grief experienced after the sudden death of a spouse? the danger faced by undocumented immigrants? her older sister's mental illness? the plight of a pregnant teenager? the climate crisis? complicated family relationships? Ms. Alvarez touches on all of these, and then goes absolutely nowhere with any of them.

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    • lindsey b.
    • 29/08/2021

    Good story, awful narrator

    The story was good enough to keep my attention, but the narrator was awful. No line breaks, barely any change in pace/tone/etc. It was really hard to listen to. Wish I would have read the hard copy….

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 14/09/2021

    Breathtaking story

    The story is captivating on many levels. The performance is excellent. I enjoyed every minute of this recording.