In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies
Author: Julia Alvarez
Release: 2010-01-12
Editor: Algonquin Books
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781616200992
Language: en
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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, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé—speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning 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.

In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies
Author: Julia Alvarez
Release: 1995
Editor: Turtleback
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0606192069
Language: en
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A story based on actual events evokes the horror of the Dominican Republic under dictator General Trujillo, as three sisters die in a jeep "accident"

Will I See

Will I See
Author: David Alexander Robertson,GMB Chomichuk
Release: 2017-02-13
Editor: Portage & Main Press
Pages: 56
ISBN: 9781553796947
Language: en
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Based on the story by Iskwé and Erin Leslie May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those who have passed. But will that strength be able to save her? A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See? illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Author: Julia Alvarez
Release: 2010-01-12
Editor: Algonquin Books
Pages: 334
ISBN: 9781616200985
Language: en
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"Poignant . . . Powerful . . . Beautifully captures the threshold experience of the new immigrant, where the past is not yet a memory." —The New York Times Book Review Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters as they grow up in two cultures. The García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wondrous but not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways as the girls try find new lives: by straightening their hair and wearing American fashions, and by forgetting their Spanish. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. Here they tell their stories about being at home—and not at home—in America. Julia Alvarez’s new novel, Afterlife, is available now.

Lord of the Butterflies

Lord of the Butterflies
Author: Andrea Gibson
Release: 2018-11-27
Editor: SCB Distributors
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781943735433
Language: en
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Andrea Gibson’s latest collection is a masterful showcase from the poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. With artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family, Lord of the Butterflies is a new peak in Gibson’s career. Each emotion here is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.

They Forged the Signature of God

They Forged the Signature of God
Author: Viriato Sención
Release: 1995
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 250
ISBN: UOM:39015037435842
Language: en
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This vivid exposé of corruption and political tyranny in the Dominican Republic rang so true to the reality that the President of that country went on television to denounce the book. Sención's novel follows the lives of three seminary students who suffer from church-state oppression. The book also gives a chilling portrait of Dr. Ramos, a sinister autocrat, who manages to survive six terms as president of his country through manipulation and tyranny.

In the Name of Salome

In the Name of Salome
Author: Julia Alvarez
Release: 2000-06-09
Editor: Algonquin Books
Pages: 366
ISBN: 9781616201036
Language: en
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"Original and illuminating."—The New York Times Book Review In her most ambitious work since In the Time of Butterflies, Julia Alvarez tells the story of a woman whose poetry inspired one Caribbean revolution and of her daughter whose dedication to teaching strengthened another. Camila Henriquez Urena is about to retire from her longtime job teaching Spanish at Vassar College. Only now as she sorts through family papers does she begin to know the woman behind the legend of her mother, the revered Salome Urena, who died when Camila was three. In stark contrast to Salome, who became the Dominican Republic's national poet at the age of seventeen, Camila has spent most of her life trying not to offend anybody. Her mother dedicated her life to educating young women to give them voice in their turbulent new nation; Camila has spent her life quietly and anonymously teaching the Spanish pluperfect to upper-class American girls with no notion of revolution, no knowledge of Salome Urena. Now, in 1960, Camila must choose a final destination for herself. Where will she spend the rest of her days? News of the revolution in Cuba mirrors her own internal upheaval. In the process of deciding her future, Camila uncovers the truth of her mother's tragic personal life and, finally, finds a place for her own passion and commitment. Julia Alvarez has won a large and devoted audience by brilliantly illuminating the history of modern Caribbean America through the personal stories of its people. As a Latina, as a poet and novelist, and as a university professor, Julia Alvarez brings her own experience to this exquisite story. Julia Alvarez’s new novel, Afterlife, is available now.

Before We Were Free

Before We Were Free
Author: Julia Alvarez
Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Laurel Leaf
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780307433176
Language: en
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Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the government’s secret police terrorize her remaining family because of their suspected opposition of el Trujillo’s dictatorship. Using the strength and courage of her family, Anita must overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving all that she once knew behind. From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance, and one girl’s struggle to be free.

Juan Pablo and the Butterflies

Juan Pablo and the Butterflies
Author: JJ Flowers
Release: 2017-05-09
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781507202142
Language: en
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Juan Pablo and his best friend, Rocio, follow his grandmother's guidance--and the butterfly migration--to Pacific Grove, California, pursued by the drug traffickers he tried stop in their small Mexican town.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Release: 2006-02-28
Editor: Da Capo Press
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780786736867
Language: en
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Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard.

Praise Song for the Butterflies

Praise Song for the Butterflies
Author: Bernice L. McFadden
Release: 2018-08-28
Editor: Akashic Books
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781617756511
Language: en
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Longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction A Black Caucus of the American Library Association 2019 Honor title, Fiction "McFadden, writer of great, imaginative novels for years now (including Sugar and Gathering of Waters), is back with one of her best yet. Exploring ritual sacrifice in contemporary West Africa, Praise Song offers a fascinating, painful glimpse into a world beyond America's shores, filled with tragedy and love and hope." --Entertainment Weekly "Perhaps one of the best books of the year, Praise Song for the Butterflies is a stunning, brief portrait that humanizes the plight of those in ritual servitude. It's a fantastic work from a gifted author." --The Gazette "A fictional West African country is the setting for Bernice L. McFadden's latest work, Praise Song for the Butterflies. Here we meet Abeo Kata, a 9-year-old girl who is ripped from her privileged lifestyle when her father forces her to become a slave in a religious sect. Rescued after 15 years, Abeo struggles to overcome dark family secrets while learning to love again." --Essence Magazine Included in BookRiot's "22 Upcoming Releases by Authors of Color Featured at BEA" "Bernice L. McFadden's novel Praise Song for the Butterflies has received great reviews and will be published today. The book centers on Abeo Kata, the privileged daughter of a government employee and a stay-at-home mother in West Africa whose happy life changes dramatically after she's placed in a shrine as an offering. Fifteen years later, Abeo is finally rescued and must learn to move beyond her traumatic past." --Good Morning America "McFadden crafts a compassionate, unforgettable story of loss and redemption." --BBC Culture "Recent favorites [at Mahogany Books in Washington, DC] include...award-winning novelist Bernice L. McFadden's forthcoming Praise Song for the Butterflies, about a nine-year-old West African girl sacrificed into religious servitude." --Vanity Fair "The novel has a timeless quality; McFadden is a master of taking you to another time and place. In doing so, she raises questions surrounding the nature of memory, what we allow to thrive, and what we determine to execute...McFadden brings the sweeping drama of her earlier works--The Book of Harlan, Glorious, Gathering of Waters--into this small book, and reminds me of the gentle fierceness of Edwidge Danticat's writing." --Los Angeles Review of Books "Praise Song for the Butterflies is written like a fable--one of devastation, but triumph, too. Bernice L. McFadden's novel sheds light on the long practice of trokosi, ritual servitude to priests." --Refinery29 Abeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged nine-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Katas' idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abeo's father, following his mother's advice, places the girl in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as atonement for the crimes of his ancestors. Unspeakable acts befall Abeo for the fifteen years she is held in the shrine. When she is finally rescued, broken and battered, she must struggle to overcome her past, endure the revelation of family secrets, and learn to trust and love again. In the tradition of Chris Cleave's Little Bee, this novel is a contemporary story that offers an eye-opening account of the practice of ritual servitude in West Africa. Spanning decades and two continents, Praise Song for the Butterflies will break your heart and then heal it.

The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho

The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho
Author: Anjanette Delgado
Release: 2014-09-01
Editor: Kensington Books
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781617733918
Language: en
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"A thrilling, hilarious, and mysterious romp." --Patricia Engel, author of It's Not Love, It's Just Paris Two divorces have taught Mariela Estevez that she's better suited to being a mistress than a wife. Whose heart needs all that "forever after" trouble? Still, her affair with her married lover, Hector, has become problematic--especially because he's also a tenant in her apartment building in the heart of Miami's Calle Ocho in Little Havana. But when Hector is found dead just steps from Mariela's back door, on the eve of her fortieth birthday, she's forced to examine her life--and come up with a plan to save it, fast. . . Complicating matters, Hector's passing sparks the unexpected return of a gift Mariela rejected years ago and thought she'd never have to face again: clairvoyance. Suddenly, Mariela's visions come swiftly and unbidden, as do revelations about her other tenants. Lost loves, hidden yearnings, old jealousies--all reside on Calle Ocho. Most of all, Mariela's second sight awakens her not just to the truth about Hector's death and the secrets in others' lives--but to the possibilities blooming within her own. With warmth, wit, and insight, award-winning author Anjanette Delgado explores one woman's flawed but heartfelt attempt to live and love well, transporting readers to the center of contemporary Little Havana and a community of uniquely human, unforgettable characters. "The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho reminds me of why I started reading in the first place--to be enchanted, to be carried away from my world and dropped into a world more vivid and incandescent. Anjanette Delgado loves her characters, even the miscreants, and makes us love them too." --John Dufresne, author of No Regrets, Coyote

In the Land of the Butterflies

In the Land of the Butterflies
Author: Mercedes Nieves
Release: 2015-04-21
Editor: CreateSpace
Pages: 28
ISBN: 1503287777
Language: en
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Twin sisters are born in a small country town. During an afternoon picnic, a glittery wave of flying butterflies, enveloped them into a wonderful adventure, that will change the vision of their future forever.

The Butterflies of Grand Canyon

The Butterflies of Grand Canyon
Author: Margaret Erhart
Release: 2009-12
Editor: Penguin
Pages: 340
ISBN: 0452295491
Language: en
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Arriving in her in-laws' mid-20th-century Arizona community with her much-older husband, Jane Merkel discovers her affinity for catching butterflies, realizes an attraction to a young ranger and uncovers a dark town secret. Original.

Study Guide in the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez SuperSummary

Study Guide  in the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez  SuperSummary
Author: SuperSummary
Release: 2019-04-07
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 80
ISBN: 1092998233
Language: en
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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 80-page guide for "In the Time of the Butterflies" by By Julia Alvarez includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 12 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Freedom and Imprisonment and Dictatorship.

Little Bear and the Butterflies

Little Bear and the Butterflies
Author: Susan Quinn
Release: 2014-05-05
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 24
ISBN: 1781711291
Language: en
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“What was your favourite game when you were little?” Little Bear asks Mummy Bear. When she tells her it was chasing butterflies in Bluebell Meadow, Little Bear is intrigued, but it’s time for her nap. When a butterfly lands on her nose, she sets out to find Bluebell Meadow with the help of her animal friends. Chasing the butterflies and making daisy chains is so much fun she completely forgets the time! “I wish I could stay here forever,” she yawns, when a soft voice tells her to wake up. Could it all have been a dream?A gentle story about a little bear and the power of dreams, with a magical twist at the end. The stunning illustrations and heartwarming characters will make this book a special treat for bedtime reading. Author and Illustrator Information: Susan Quinn became a children’s librarian at 23. Her experiences as a mother and playing in a meadow full of bluebells as a child inspired her to write Little Bear and the Butterflies.

A Wedding in Haiti

A Wedding in Haiti
Author: Julia Alvarez
Release: 2013-03-19
Editor: Algonquin Books
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781616202743
Language: en
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In a story that travels beyond borders and between families, acclaimed Dominican novelist and poet Julia Alvarez reflects on the joys and burdens of love—for her parents, for her husband, and for a young Haitian boy known as Piti. In this intimate true account of a promise kept, Alvarez takes us on a journey into experiences that challenge our way of thinking about history and how it can be reimagined when people from two countries—traditional enemies and strangers—become friends.

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies
Author: Roberta Edwards
Release: 2010
Editor: Penguin Young Readers
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9780448453965
Language: en
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Simple text and photographs describe the annual migration of monarch butterflies, as well as their life cycle and the dangers they face.

The Heartbreak Pill

The Heartbreak Pill
Author: Anjanette Delgado
Release: 2008-04-01
Editor: Atria Books
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0743297539
Language: en
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In the tradition of Sex and the City—this bright and funny debut novel from Emmy Award winner Anjanette Delgado is sure to help mend many a broken heart. Erika Luna is a thirty-something scientist living and working in Miami. When her marriage ends in divorce, Erika’s practical nature leads her down the strangest of paths. What is a scientist to do with a pain so deep it interferes with her breathing? Erica begins mixing potions and uses herself as a guinea pig as she tries to create a pill that will rid the world of heartbreak.

How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay

How Tia Lola Came to  Visit  Stay
Author: Julia Alvarez
Release: 2002-08-01
Editor: Perfection Learning
Pages: 147
ISBN: 0756936411
Language: en
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Ten-year-old Miguel learns to love his colorful aunt, Tia Lola, when she comes to Vermont from the Dominican Republic to stay with his mother after his parents' divorce.