In the Time of the Butterflies (Prebound)

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The date of November 25th is now observed in many Latin American countries as International Day Against Violence Towards Women. It was on this date that the three Mirabel sisters were murdered by the Trijullo regime in the Dominican Republic. Alvarez tells their story of bravey and defiance with compelling gracefulness. — Nancy Scheemaker

Algonquin Books has reissued this powerful and mesmerizing novel of politicial and social upheaval in the Dominican Republic, based on the lives of three sisters who fought the Trujillo regime. Also in a new edition is Alvarez's splendid first novel about the immigrant experience, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

— Louise Jones

This masterful novel tells the story of the Garcia sisters, Las Mariposas, who are murdered for their political opposition to Gen.Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Their stories and that of their surviving sister are interwoven through the decades of their lives, part fact, part fiction, all brilliance. — Amy Palmer


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 Leonidas 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, Mar a Teresa, and the survivor, Ded speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, 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 cost of political oppression.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781613832059
ISBN-10: 1613832052
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Publication Date: January 1st, 2010
Pages: 339
Language: English