Julia Alvarez has presented one of her finest works for the readers. She has come up with another quick novel for her readers. Her other works include “In the Time of the Butterflies” and “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.” The author is now 70 years old. She introduces Antonia Vega, the protagonist, who, like her, is from Dominican and American culture.
What’s the book all about??
The story revolves around the life of an English Professor, Antonia Vega. After losing her husband, she finds herself struggling to find pace in her life. Her only love’s departure, followed by her sister’s missing leaves her completely shattered. Within the trauma her life is struggling with; she finds a new side of life with more interesting incidents happening in her life.
Antonia meets Mario, an unusually charming man, who helps to clean up the gutters near her home. She enjoys his company, and they have a great time together. Antonia feels so happy that she has found someone to chat with in her native language. She then meets Estelle, Mario’s girlfriend. She finds out Estella is undocumented and in a helpless situation as she is also carrying a baby.
With the new instances and people in her life, Antonia finds herself in a different path of life. A path that is different from all her miseries and sorrows. She feels she is destined to help desperate couples who need help. She refines herself with all her courage and wisdom, and this afterlife changes the story forever.
The story is a mere reflection of reality torn out from the life of people. It portrays sorrows, loneliness, and struggles one has to face in his/her life. This piece of work will definitely stand out from Alvarez’s other works and give the readers a wonderful experience.