Narrator Alma Cuervo’s warm, even-keeled performance guides listeners through the interwoven themes of love, loss, and compassion in this beautifully wrought novel by poet and author Julia Alvarez. In this video, Alma shares her thoughts on narrating AFTERLIFE and why it’s a relevant listen for these times.
“It’s a book that will put you in a good place to deal with all that’s going on in the world today.”—Narrator Alma Cuervo
by Julia Alvarez, read by Alma Cuervo
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Antonia is a Vermonter of Dominican heritage. Since the recent death of her beloved husband, she has been “walking a narrow path through the loss” of love and identity—for Sam died on the day that Antonia retired from her job as an English professor. In the midst of her fragile calm, an illegal worker on the neighboring farm asks for her help, and a crisis erupts among her three siblings—the Dominican “sisterhood.” Cuervo reads with nuance, highlighting different personalities without overdramatizing and enabling listeners to savor Alvarez’s memorable writing.
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