In the Time of the Butterflies

  • by Julia Alvarez
  • Narrated by Noemi de la Puente, Alma Cuervo, Bianca Carnacho, Melanie Martinez
  • 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everyone knows of Las Mariposas: "The Butterflies". Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez, also a daughter of the Dominican Republic and long haunted by these sisters, immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Hispanic Caribbean history to tell their story in the only way it can truly be understood: through fiction. In this brilliantly characterized novel, the voices of all four sisters - Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dede - speak across the decades, to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons to gunrunning to prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule.

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What the Critics Say

"Though murder, torture, and imprisonment are ever-present, she wisely choses to focus on the personal lives of these young wives and mothers, full of love, beauty, and, especially, hope." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Beautiful

I sadly don't have a great deal of knowledge when it comes to world history of the mid-1900s. This was a FABULOUS way to learn of the struggles of the D. R. This book was beautifully written without a dull moment. I HIGHLY recommend this book. This is a book I can see me coming back to in the future.
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- G Reinhardt

Excellent!

This is a well written book, which provides a historical perspective to Trujillo's iron fist rule of the Dominican Republic. The author does a great job improvising for the "unknown" in the life of the Mirabal sisters.
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- Santiago

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books