In The Time Of The Butterflies
In The Time Of The Butterflies
In The Time Of The Butterflies

In The Time Of The Butterflies

  • Publish Date: 2010-01-12
  • Binding: Paperback
Algonquin Books
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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 Trujillos dictatorship. It doesnt have to. Everybody knows of Las MariposasThe Butterflies.

In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sistersMinerva, Patria, Mara Teresa, and the survivor, Dedspeak 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 Trujillos rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarezs imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression.

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