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In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies

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A collectible hardcover edition of Julia Alvarez's modern Latinx classic about four sisters known as Las Mariposas, or the Butterflies, who fought to liberate the Dominican Republic from Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship, featuring a new foreword by Maxine Hong Kingston

A Penguin Vitae Edition

It is November 25, 1960, and three sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of the dictatorship of General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. It doesn't have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas--the Butterflies.

In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters--Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé--speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from secret crushes to gunrunning, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez's storytelling, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage, love, and the human cost of political oppression.

Penguin Vitae--loosely translated as Penguin of one's life--is a deluxe hardcover series from Penguin Classics celebrating a dynamic and diverse landscape of classic fiction and nonfiction from seventy-five years of classics publishing. Penguin Vitae provides readers with beautifully designed classics that have shaped the course of their lives, and welcomes new readers to discover these literary gifts of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creative originality.

Author: Julia Alvarez
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: 12/14/2021
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.30w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780143136545

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.8
Point Value: 18
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 21632 / In the Time of the Butterflies

About the Author
Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960, at the age of ten. She is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including her beloved first novel, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. She has received the Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature; was named Woman of the Year by Latina magazine; and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama. She lives in Vermont.

Maxine Hong Kingston (foreword) is the author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, and Tripmaster Monkey, among other works. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal and National Medal of Arts, and the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. For many years a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley, she lives in Oakland, California.

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