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This week in publishing: Big book deals for five leading ladies

Expect to see new books from a duchess, members of a former first family, a soccer superstar, and a literary legend in the near future.

Julia Alvarez returns


Julia Alvarez is best-known for her highly successful novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies, but it’s been nearly 15 years since the bestselling author has published an adult novel.  Now she returns with Afterlife, a book that her publisher Algonquin describes as “a luminous look inside the mind of a literature professor, an immigrant trying to rediscover who she is after the sudden death of her husband.” The book is due out on April 7, 2020 and, though no cover art is available, the title is already available for preorder.

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