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In The Time of the Butterflies

(Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1994)

In 1960, a few months after my family fled the dictatorship of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, the three Mirabal sisters were brutally murdered. Founders of the underground, las Mariposas (the Butterflies, their code name) had inspired resistance cells throughout the country. (My father had joined one of these cells, which was cracked by the SIM, the secret police, in the summer of 1960 -- the reason we were forced to flee.) This novel tells the Mirabal story through the lens of fiction. Needless to say, this book is one I felt compelled to write.

The day of the murder of the Mirabal sisters, November 25th, has been declared by the United Nations, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. I'd love it if we began a tradition of wearing a butterfly on that day!

In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
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Butterflies on Stage

In Spring 2011, Repertorio Español, New York's main Spanish-language theater company, showed "En el tiempo de las mariposas", based on In the Time of the Butterflies. It was exciting to see them make my story come alive onstage. You can see photos & watch videos from the production at

Butterfly Power

Fifty years later, it's still the time for Butterflies. Why not start an international movement? Join me in a simple new tradition: wear a butterfly (a pin, a T-shirt, a barrette) on November 25 for Butterflies everywhere. Speaking of Butterflies, listen to this NEA Podcast for more of their story -- & mine.

In the Time of the Butterflies was added to The Big Read library. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. They have posted a marvelous Radio Show, Reader's Guide and Teacher's Guide for the book, available on their website:

NEA Podcast: Julia Alvarez speaks about writing In the Time of the Butterflies.

Eveoke opened its 2010/2011 season with Las Mariposas, an original dance theatre production inspired by my novel In the Time of the Butterflies. In December 2011, it was my great pleasure to see the dance performance again in the Dominican Republic, along with girls from Mariposa DR Foundation, a nonprofit that rescues young girls and educates them to ensure that they will not become victims of poverty or violence.

see also: "Historiographic Metafiction in In the Time of the Butterflies," Dr. Isabel Zakrzewski Brown, in South Atlantic Review, Volume 64, Number 2, Spring 1999
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More Books by Julia Alvarez:

More Books by Julia Alvarez

How Tía Lola Learned to Teach, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez
How Tía Lola
Learned to Teach
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents: a novel by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary
How the García Girls
Lost Their Accents
In the Name of Salome: a novel by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary
In the Name of Salome

Autographed Books by Julia Alvarez

Would you like a signed -- or personalized -- copy of one of Julia's books? Simply call or email one of her two local bookstores -- or stop in for a visit.

Vermont Book Shop
38 Main Street, Middlebury, Vermont

Middlebury College Store
58 Hepburn Road, Middlebury, Vermont
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And, of course, Julia would love to see you at one of her upcoming appearances. To see if she will be in your town, check her calendar.


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