Posted by: koolwine | April 25, 2010

Dominican Republic: In the Time of the Butterflies

Country: Dominican Republic

Local Name: República Dominicana (Spanish)

Title: In the Time of the Butterflies

Author: Julia Alvarez (Dominican-American)

Published: 1994   Pages: 324

Acclaim: Nominated for the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award

Time Period: 1938-1994

Summary: The four Mirabal sisters, Patria, Dedé, Minerva and Maria Teresa plan and inspire a revolution against their country’s brutal and repressive dictator Rafael Trujillo.  Code named Las Mariposas (the butterflies), the sisters and their families are ruthlessly pursued by the government and ultimately martyred for their sedition.*

*No, I did not give away a surprise ending; you would have learned the same from reading the back cover.  In fact, the United Nations has proclaimed November 25 to be the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in remembrance of the Mirabal sisters who were murdered on that day in 1960.

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