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In the Time of the Butterflies

Julia Alvarez

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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 Gen. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alma Cuervo, Noemi de la Puente, Blanca Camacho, Melanie Martinez

Length:

13h 23m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:04


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

19:46


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

42:43


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

32:46


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

45:15


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

53:00


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

01:26:06


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

01:10:37


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

56:03


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

01:13:03


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

01:18:24


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

01:14:35


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

01:49:38


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

52:51


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

07:32