The Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library invites readers of all ages to participate in the NEA Big Read project which will continue through February. The featured book is In the Time of the Butterflies By Julia Alvarez
In the Time of the Butterflies is a work of historical fiction based on
the lives of the four Mirabal sisters, who participated in underground efforts
to topple Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorial regime in the Dominican
Republic. In 1960, three of the sisters were slain on Trujillo's orders. Their
story haunted Alvarez, whose own family had fled the Dominican Republic just
months before the sisters’ assassinations.
The novel gives a voice to all four
sisters, who speak across the decades to tell their own stories and to describe
the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of
Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel
of courage, love and the human cost of political oppression.
A limited number of
free books are available for those wishing to participate in book discussions
and other related activities. Please contact your local branch to learn more.
February Featured Events
Read and Discuss
Watch the Movie
For Children & Teens
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is being presented locally by Florida Center for the Book
at Broward County Library in partnership with Young at Art Museum.