Cancelled - Julia Alvarez
Talk about much-anticipated: it’s been fifteen years since Julia Alvarez, author of the timeless novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies, has written a novel for adults, much else that she has been doing. She is here tonight with a new novel that’s worth the wait, Afterlife (Algonquin). Central character Antonia, recently widowed and recently retired from teaching, takes on challenges in the form of younger neighbors in need of protection, and a crisis within her family of sisters.
“Alvarez’s poignant return to adult fiction . . . raises powerful questions about the care people owe themselves and others . . . Alvarez blends light humor with deep empathy toward her characters, offering a convincing portrait of an older woman’s self discovery. This will satisfy her fans and earn new ones.”—Publishers Weekly.
“The queen is back with the exact novel we need in this fraught era. A powerful testament of witness and humanity written with audacity and authority.”—Luis Alberto Urrea.
“A stunning work of art that reminds readers Alvarez is, and always has been, in a class of her own.”—Elizabeth Acevedo.
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