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Author Alvarez, Julia.

Title In the time of the butterflies / Julia Alvarez.

Imprint New York : Plume, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Montrose Library Fiction    ALVAREZ,JUL    Available
Description 325 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents I. Dede, 1994 and circa 1943 -- Minerva, 1938, 1941, 1944 -- Maria Teresa, 1945 to 1946 -- Patria, 1946 -- II. Dede, 1994 and 1948 -- Minerva, 1949 -- Maria Teresa, 1953 to 1958 -- Patria, 1959 -- III. Dede, 1994 and 1960 -- Patria, January to March 1960 -- Maria Teresa, March to August 1960 -- Minerva, August to November 25, 1960 -- Epilogue Ded, 1994 -- A Postscript.
Summary Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republica in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands. On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated after visiting their husbands who had been jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The Mirabal sisters, thus martyred, became mythical figures in their country, where they are known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies). Three decades later, Julia Alvarez, daughter of the Dominican Republic and author of the acclaimed How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, brings the Mirabal sisters back to life in this extraordinary novel. Each of the sisters speaks in her own voice; beginning as young girls in the 1940s, their stories vary from hair ribbons to gun-running to prison torture. Their story is framed by their surviving sister who tells her own tale of suffering and dedication to the memory of Las Mariposas. This inspired portrait of four women is a haunting statement about the human cost of political oppression, and is destined to take its place alongside Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Allende's The House of the Spirits as one of the great 20th-century Latin American novels.
Subject Mirabal, María Teresa, 1935-1960 -- Fiction.
Mirabal, Minerva, 1926-1960 -- Fiction.
Mirabal, Patria, 1924-1960 -- Fiction.
Women revolutionaries -- Fiction.
Trujillo Molina, Rafael Leonidas -- 1891-1961 -- Fiction.
Revolutionaries -- Fiction.
Martyrs -- Fiction.
Political corruption -- Dominican Republic -- Fiction.
Murder -- Dominican Republic -- Fiction.
Women rebels -- Dominican Republic -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Dominican Republic -- Fiction.
Dominican Republic -- History -- 1930-1961 -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
ISBN 0452274427 paperback
9780452274426 paperback

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