In the Time of the ButterfliesBook - 2010
"A magnificent treasure for all cultures and all time." --St. Petersburg Times It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas--the Butterflies.
In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters--Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé--speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from secret crushes to gunrunning, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez's imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human costs of political oppression.
From Library Staff
2017 Read Across Lawrence selection. Powerful themes of political rebellion, feminism, family, immigration and more are loaded in this classic historical fiction story based on the real Mirabal Sisters.
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Ep 05: 2017 Read Across Lawrence pick - historical fiction that brings back to life the Mirabal sisters, three of whom were tragically murdered in the Dominican Republic for speaking out against a dangerous dictatorship.
LPL_ShirleyB Mar 03, 2017
This wise & realistic, historical fiction is a reverential, poetically-inspired and emotionally difficult read. Big Read indeed! I think everyone should read this book; it felt like a right-of-passage.
LPL_KimberlyL Nov 25, 2015
I did not intend to re-read this book during the anniversary of the sisters' deaths, but I'm very happy to honor their memory with such an incredible book. If you aren't familiar with Las Mariposas, or Trujillo's despotic regime, then this book is a fantastic introduction! Alvarez embodies the sp... Read More »
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A story of four sisters, living in the Dominican Republic during the times of Rafael Trujillo, a dictator, whom the Mirabal Sisters believe that Trujillo should be overthrown because of the abuses he brought to the Mirabal family. Each sister comes in to help bring down but they are soon taken, jailed, exiled, harrased, and persecuted, but in the end they sacrifice themselves, except Dede, the only sister who survives to tell the story of how her and her sisters became heroes.
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