Posted on April 6, 2020 at 2:58 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Julia Alvarez’s novel Afterlife, which releases tomorrow, is notable for a few reasons.

One, it’s her first novel for adults in nearly fifteen years. 

And two, it’s the first novel she’s written while considering herself “an elder.”

Afterlife tells the story of Antonia, who retires from her professorial job only to have her husband pass away, her sister disappear, and a pregnant, undocumented teenager show up on her doorstep.

Alvarez recently chatted with NPR’s Scott Simon about the novel — and real-time — themes of plans disrupted and of what we owe others around us.

You can read the transcript of their conversation or listen to the interview below.

Categories: Author Interview

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