Legendary author Julia Alvarez presents her first adult novel in 14 years.
On this episode, she discusses (Algonquin Press, April 7), a story she describes as a “Book of Job” of Antonia Vega, a small-town Vermont English professor, recently widowed and retired, circa 2019. She’s striving to discover what the next chapter of her life will be—relying, in part, on her three sisters.
Kirkus: “Alvarez writes with knowing warmth about how well sisters know how to push on each other’s bruises and how powerfully they can lift each other up.” (starred review)
She and host Megan Labrise discuss what inspired the novel, how self-concept can shift with age and experience, how those we’ve loved and lost can continue to live through us, and the strange effects of pandemic and quarantine on book promotion.
Then children’s editor Vicky Smith, YA editor Laura Simeon, and fiction editor Laurie Muchnick join with their reading recommendations for the week.
Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.