Packed with realistic instances, “Afterlife” gives the readers a delightful and unusual experience. Alvarez has carved the finest piece of her work for the anticipating readers. It has been the past fifteen years for an adult novel. After her prominent works, “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents” and “In the Time of the Butterflies,” “Afterlife” will definitely be one of the memorable works of the era. The author, with her language proficiency, has always been brave enough to use Spanish words and phrases frequently within her works.
More About Julia Alvarez As A Writer
Alvarez is a writer who has her signature in writing poetry, nonfiction, books for children, and various novels. She was awarded the National Medal of the Arts for her extraordinary storytelling. Alvarez made a prominent entry into the world of literature through her work “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.” Her next work, “In the Time of the Butterflies,” lead to the creation of a movie. Therefore, Alvarez is a writer who has benchmarked the quality of literature through her outstanding piece of works.
All About “Afterlife”
In her book, Alvarez introduces Antonia Vega, the protagonist. It is interesting to find traits of similarities between the author and the protagonist. Just like Alvarez, Antonia is from Dominican and American culture and an English professor.
Antonia struggles to find back the peace and prosperity in her life, after the loss of her true love. This heartbreaking incident followed by her sister’s loss is more than she could ever imagine. Fighting her battle to get the balance of herself and to be back in pace with her life, Antonia comes across new incidents that change her life.
Back at home, Antonia meets Mario and his girlfriend Estella, who are desperately searching for help. She finds out that Estella is carrying a baby and also undocumented. These instances leave Antonia in a different path, which is distanced from her life of sorrow and misery. Her wisdom and bravery help her find her afterlife after all her struggles and miseries.
Like most of Alvarez’s book, we have a woman in the central figure in “Afterlife.” This is a mere reflection of reality and a true inspiration for each and every person struggling with their lives.