‘Afterlife,’ by Julia Alvarez (Workman, April 7)
It’s been 14 years since Alvarez, the author of “In the Time of the Butterflies,” “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents” and other books, published a new novel. Now she returns with the story of Antonia Vega, a retired professor mourning her husband and puzzling over the sudden disappearance of a sister who is “always in crisis.” Antonia’s relationships, with her siblings and with an undocumented teenager she befriends, fuel the story.
‘American Conservatism: Reclaiming an Intellectual Tradition,’ edited by Andrew J. Bacevich (Library of America, April 7)
This collection, an overview of 20th-century…