In the Time of the Butterflies
Title: In the Time of the Butterflies
Author: Julia Alvarez
Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this novel tells the story of the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.
An ALA Notable Book. Julia Alvarez’s eagerly awaited second novel is a powerful story of courage, innocence, and political martyrdom in the Hispanic Caribbean. Based on actual events—the death of three sisters on November 25, 1960—the novel immerses us in an epoch in the life of the Dominican Republic. The “Butterflies,” as they were known, lived daringly and dangerously under a regime that imprisoned, tortured, and killed with impunity. “Brimming with warmth and vitality . . . Mesmerizing.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred; “Potent and luminous.”—Philadelphia Inquirer. A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB and QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB SELECTION.