The Butterfly's Daughter

The Butterfly's Daughter

By Mary Alice Monroe

Gallery Books, Paperback, 9781439170687, 382pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2012

Mary Alice Monroe, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Lowcountry Summer trilogy, once again touches hearts with her lyrical, poignant, and moving novel "The Butterfly's Daughter," now in paperback
Every year, the monarch butterflies--"las mariposas"--fly more than two thousand miles on fragile wings to return to their winter home in Mexico. Now Luz Avila makes that same perilous journey south as she honors a vow to her beloved "abuela"--the grandmother who raised her--to return her ashes to her ancestral village. As Luz departs Milwaukee in a ramshackle old VW Bug, she finds her heart opened by a series of seemingly random encounters with remarkable women. In San Antonio, however, a startling revelation awaits: a reunion with a woman from her past. Together, the two cross into Mexico to await the returning monarchs in the little village Abuela called home, but they are also crossing a border that separates past from present . . . and truth from lies.

About the Author
Mary Alice Monroe is the"New York Times"bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including"The Summer Girls", "The Summer Wind", "The Summer s End, " "Last Light Over Carolina", "Time Is a River", "Sweetgrass", "Skyward", "The Beach House"", Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, The Four Seasons", and"The Book Club". Her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at and at