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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
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May 07, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: Fans of Historical Fiction

While the most popular historical fiction novels seems to center on the Tudors and their immediate descendants, here is a book based on the true story of the Mirabal sisters, who are household names in their home, the Dominican Republic. Martyred during the revolution against dictator Trujillo (1950-1970), three of the four Mirabal sisters were part of the underground revolution. Alvarez uses the remaining sister, Dede, as the storyteller and protagonist. It's a warm, and completely engrossing story that gets off to a little bit of a slow start, and the end meanders a bit, but for the most part it's lovingly and expertly executed. Side note, Alvarez travled to the Dominican Republic to meet Dede and interview her before setting out to work on this book.
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message 1: by Amari (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:23PM) (new)

Amari Nice review! Just to clarify: Trujillo ruled from 1930 until 1961.

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