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Afterlife : a novel

Author: Julia Alvarez
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A literature professor tries to rediscover who she is after the sudden death of her husband, even as a series of family and political jolts force her to ask what we owe those in crisis in our families, biological or otherwise"--
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 9781643750255 1643750259
OCLC Number: 1105247946
Description: 256 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Prologue : broken English --
Here there be dragons --
Where is Burkina Faso? --
Rules of sisterhood --
To be missing is not a crime --
Bar a luz --
Who is the most important one? --
Objects in mirror are closer than they appear --
All it takes --
Air quotes --
Cuckoos in Kyoto --
As if --
Harvest --
Epilogue : Japanese repair technique.
Responsibility: by Julia Alvarez.

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"A literature professor tries to rediscover who she is after the sudden death of her husband, even as a series of family and political jolts force her to ask what we owe those in crisis in our families, biological or otherwise"--

Antonia Vega 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, but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words. Now she questions: How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves? -- adapted from jacket

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