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January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Reading Group will meet on Monday, January 18th, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Afterlife by Angela Alvarez. At this time, we are scheduled to meet via Zoom. If guidelines change and we are able, we will try to find a way to have an in-person discussion. Contact Jane Brubaker for the Meeting ID and password.
“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.
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?” (From the publisher.)
All are welcome to join the discussion!