Friday with the Friends - Book Club

  • June 12, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The event will be held virtually as a Zoom meeting.


Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

11:30 - 12:00 - Book Chatter

12:00 - 1:00 - Moderated Book Discussion


Registration is required. You may register by calling 561-868-7701 and providing your email address.

This is a brown bag lunch event. Enjoy lunch at home while you participate.

Afterlife is available immediately through our hoopla app:

This event is free and open to Friends members and the public.  All are welcome.

Here is some information about the title:

A Most-Anticipated Book of the Year: O, The Oprah Magazine The New York Times * The Washington Post *Vogue Bustle BuzzFeed * Ms. Magazine *The Millions The Huffington Post * PopSugar * The Lily * Goodreads Library Journal * LitHub Electric Literature

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?

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