In the Time of the Butterflies
In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, though toted as a young adult novel, is full of adult themes, passion, depth, heartfelt loss and is shared in painstaking prose. The fictionalized version of a true political story, the Mariposa sisters as their countrymen called them, were the four Mirabel sisters, three of whom were ultimately martyred and murdered by the Trujillo regime, the 31-year dictator of Dominican Republic who ruled with untold violence, graft and deceit. The sisters only wanted justice, peace and liberty. The sacrifices they made and the courageous way they lived and fought for what they believed in will remain legendary. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the world, what makes a heroine, how a woman comes to define what she values, and what she is willing to sacrifice to make a better life for her children.
Reviewed by Sheila M.