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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
We women often tend to put other people's needs above our own. Even when we are facing crucial issues in our lives, we will set those issues aside if we think someone else's problems are more pressing. This is exactly what Antonia Vega does in Afterlife. Less than a year ago, her husband Sam died suddenly, and the pain of loss is still raw. She keeps telling herself she is going to make herself number one, but she gets sucked into other people's drama and puts her own healing process on ...more
This book brings into play a lot of family and social dynamics: sisters/relationships with siblings, family death, death of a spouse and soulmate, mental illness, and balancing one’s needs while also addressing other’s needs.
This book also addresses a lot of emotional issues as well: love, loss, and acceptance ...more
This novel tackles how we care for each other. Antonia, the main character, is a recently retired professor of English originally from the Dominican Republic. Just as she retired, her husband died of a heart attack, which means that her retirement has turned into a time of mourning. Antonia lives and secludes herself in her house in the Vermont (I believe) countryside. She starts getting pulled back into the world when a young ...more
The writing style does remind me somewhat of an author who tries ...more
This book hooked me on this winter holiday and I read it in one sitting.
Afterlife is a beautiful meditation on the themes of love, death and the lives we live in between. The characters are rich, funny, and engaging. I loved the main character and her reflections on the lives of her sisters, her husband and the literature that she loves and lives. Another great addition to the Latin American ...more
Antonia Vega: recently and painfully widowed, recently retired Professor of English, of Dominican descent, the second of four sisters with wildly divergent but equally strong personalities. While trying to focus on her Afterlife — “No longer a teacher at the college, no longer volunteering and serving on a half dozen boards, no ...more
I was kind of disappointed with this book tbh. I liked where the book was going in the beginning as Antonia is confronted with the death of her husband and the pregnant teen. She needs to essentially do a lot of soul searching to figure out what kind of person she wants to be when she doesn't have her husband pushing her to be "good." However, I feel like it just verged into this whole story about the relationship with her sisters and some ...more
It just seemed like her life was nothing but challenges, with her trying to figure it out.
I appreciated the literary quotes she’d use to help provide clarity and help her get through her circumstances. The facetious ...more
Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
She is currently writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The farm hosts a school to teach ...more