This is the story of Anita de la Torre, a 12-year-old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Most of her relatives have immigrated to the United States, her Tio Toni has disappeared, Papi has been getting mysterious phone calls about butterflies, and someone named Mr. Smith and the secret police have started terrorizing her family for their suspected opposition to the country's dictator. While Anita deals with this frightening series of events, she also struggles with her adolescence and her own personal fight to be free.
Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
“Alvarez proves as gifted at writing for adolescents as she is for adults. A stirring work of art.” (Publishers Weekly)
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A great follow-up to En el Tiempo de las Mariposas
when the family first learned of the confirmed death of their father
I loved her child-like voice - added to the To Kill a Mockingbird feeling of the narration
Another perspective from the author of En el Tiempo de las Mariposas
I have been listening to these books (also the Cuando era puertorriqueno series by Santiago) to practice my Spanish skills. I was not prepared for how absolutely delightful and thought-provoking they would be. I wish you had dozens more like them!
- Suzy Fox