The Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library invites readers of all ages to participate in the Big Read project which will take place January through Febrary of 2018.
By Alvarez, Julia
It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful 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 Gen. Rafael Leonidas
Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everybody knows of Las
In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all
four sisters--Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and the survivor, Dede--speak
across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret
crushes to gun-running and prison torture, 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 and
love, and the human cost of political oppression.
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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.