[Reading] ➳ Afterlife ➻ Julia Alvarez – Writerscompany.co.uk

Afterlife The First Adult Novel In Almost Fifteen Years By The Internationally Bestselling Author Of In The Time Of The Butterflies And How The Garc A Girls Lost Their AccentsAntonia 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 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 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 How did I only just find out that one of my all time favourite authors has a new novel, her first for adults in than 10 years, coming out in about two weeks As with many things, I blame the coronavirus. Not long ago I read and was so taken with In the Time of the Butterflies and I was anxious to get to Alvarez s other novels I was given the opportunity to read her newest and I couldn t pass it up On a personal note, this was not the best book I could have chosen to read at this time, but fortunately there is an abundance of love and kindness and hope on these pages Also, the fabulous writing helped me focus on reading than I have been able to this last month It s an introspective story of a woman s grief, having lost her husband and a sense of who she is without him It s a story covering so many things the need to be needed, love of family, relationships with sisters especially, each with their idiosyncrasies who deeply love each other It s about the timely issue of immigration and about mental illness as well It s a beautifully written, sad but uplifting novel Having read this makes me want to get to Alvarez s earlier works for sure.I received an advanced copy of this book from Algonquin First Reader s Club and Edelweiss. Another beautiful, heartfelt, exhilarating, insightful reading shakes you to the core, makes you question so many things you ve done with your life The author tells us many thought provoking issues starting from how to gather the pieces of your life after you lost your loved one, dynamics between sisterhood, their complex relationships, learning to put your needs first but also listening to people s needs and extending your helpful hands, real and heartbreaking issues about undocumented immigrants, how to connect with the people who suffer from mental illness Antonia doesn t know what to do after sudden death of her beloved husband but before rethinking about her afterlife, she has to deal with her sister s vanishing Izzy who is fighting with her mental illness And of course she encounters with a girl at her door steps, pregnant and undocumented teenager A fast and riveting start of the story hooks you from the beginning and keeping your attention alive till the end I m so happy that grieving of Antonia was not depressing, bleak, disturbing and dark as I expected and I loved the idea that Antonia never wants to leave her husband and his memory behind, finding a creative way to keep his memory alive Because we understand from the beginning, her husband has an important role to shape Antonia s identity throughout years He taught her important life lessons and opening herself to the goodness, reaching her hands to help the other people He was an amazing man and I loved their sacred relationship This was a memorable, gripping and meaningful and one of my fastest reading I m so happy that the author created this poignant, touchy story after 15 years later And I hope she won t stop writing in near future.Special thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin Books for sharing this incredible book s ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review And I m so happy to see a talented writer back and create new remarkable stories.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter How many things can happen in a short period of time After years teaching English to college students, Antonia has retired She looks forward to spending time with her husband Sam, but he unexpectedly dies Soon she will have even to handle, when a young, pregnant, immigrant girl shows up and her sisters require her services in an intervention for their eldest sister.Grief, relationships between sisters and immigration Common enough themes, but Alvarez makes the common something new and different There is sadness, humor, and a woman who needs to find a new way forward A natural storyteller, the book flows seamlessly There are also wonderful quotes from books and poems, placed in appropriate places I enjoyed every single line of this book, her word usage was terrific Alvarez s first adult book in fifteen years is well worth reading.ARC from Algonquin books.

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