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IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Brimming with warmth and vitality, this new novel by the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991) is a paean to the power of female courage. The butterflies are four smart and lovely Dominican sisters growing up during Trujillo's despotic regime. While her parents try desperately to cling to their imagined island of security in a swelling sea of fear and intimidation, Minerva ... Read full review

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User Review  - nosajeel - LibraryThing

A beautiful novel about the Mirabal sisters, who were brutally murdered by the waning Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. It is told in chapters narrated in the very different voices of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

In her Postscript, Alvarez wrote that she wanted the book to "immerse my readers in an epoch in the life of the Dominican Republic." I think she succeeded magnificently. She tells the story of the ... Read full review

Review: In the Time of the Butterflies

User Review  - Renuka - Goodreads

Brilliant, heartbreaking, and utterly haunting. This is a book I will never forget. The story of Las Mariposas will linger for years. Read full review

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User Review  - Ken French - Goodreads

Well-written, moving, and inspiring. Read full review

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User Review  - Kelsey - Goodreads

A story of courageous sisters who faced the dictator Trujillo in the Dominican Republic proving that courage comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Read full review

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User Review  - Martha Mahoney - Goodreads

I enjoyed learning about a history, country and culture I knew very little about. However, my lack of prior knowledge made it difficult for me to get into the book. I plodded along for months, and ... Read full review

Review: In the Time of the Butterflies

User Review  - Stacy Lewis - Goodreads

I would never have picked this up if the author weren't coming to Portland to speak. I know very little (read:nothing) about Dominican Republic history, but this is a great fictionalized account of the Trujillo era and the murder of the Mirabel sisters. Read full review

Review: In the Time of the Butterflies

User Review  - Michelle Berges - Goodreads

I keep thinking about that last chapter and I just keep getting teary eyed. Even though you read this novel being fully aware of it's irremediable conclusion it still accomplished to break your heart fully. Bravo to Julia Álvarez for the gift that this novel is. Read full review

Review: In the Time of the Butterflies

User Review  - John Hanscom - Goodreads

Were this TV or a movie, this would be a "docu-drama." The author has "fleshed out" a historical incident, and done it very well. Read full review

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