Big READ 2018

book cover for In The Time of ButterfliesThe 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.

The featured book is In the Time of the Butterflies

By Alvarez, Julia

Summary:  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 Mariposas--"The Butterflies."

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.