Interview with Julia Alvarez About Her Novel, Afterlife

Earlier this month, I interviewed Julia Alvarez about her latest novel, Afterlife, for Goodreads. You can read the beginning below or launch into the full interview on the Goodreads blog here.

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In a year that seems to present new challenges for us at every turn, Julia Alvarez’s latest novel, Afterlife, has arrived at the perfect time.

Alvarez, whose bestselling novels In the Time of the Butterflies and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents have sold millions of copies, begins Afterlife with Antonia Vega, a writer and college professor whose life is in the midst of falling apart. While grieving the death of her husband and the disappearance of her sister, Antonia must help a pregnant, undocumented teenager whose life suddenly collides with her own.

A meditation on family and community, Afterlife illuminates our duty to help others even when we need to help ourselves.

Alvarez talked about writing, community, and her latest novel with Goodreads contributor Rebecca Renner. Their conversation has been edited.

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