About the Book:
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 Leónidas 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, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé--speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from secret crushes to gunrunning, 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 costs of political oppression.
About Iran Pacheco Martinez:
Hi everyone! I’m Iran Pacheco Martinez and I’m currently a senior at North Tahoe High in Tahoe City. Growing up in Tahoe has presented me with endless outdoor adventures that continue expanding my love for nature. Additionally, I am excited to explore all of the outdoor opportunities Maine has to offer when I attend Bowdoin College this fall!
Why Iran Chose This Book:
Yet another classic story that eminently highlighted themes of resilience and family. After the cruel Trujillo Dictatorship fell upon the Dominican Republic, the three Mirabal sisters resisted Rafael Trujillo’s control and fought against his beliefs in hopes to ultimately overthrow him. Their dedication toward fighting for the common good and resistance toward unjust treatment, permanently demonstrates how personal resilience, though not always simple, can be a powerful force in changing the world.