In the Time of the Butterflies (Digital Audiobook)

By Julia Alvarez, Blanca Camacho (Narrator), Noemi De La Puente (Narrator), Alma Cuervo (Narrator), Melanie Martinez (Narrator)

Publication Date: July 17, 2007

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/12/2010)
Paperback, Spanish (10/25/2005)
Prebound (1/1/2010)
Prebound (1/1/2010)
Hardcover (1/9/1994)
Paperback (8/1/1995)


It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everyone knows of Las Mariposas - "The Butterflies." Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez, also a daughter of the Dominican Republic and long haunted by these sisters, immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Hispanic Caribbean history to tell their story in the only way it can truly be understood - through fiction. In this brilliantly characterized novel, the voices of all four sisters - Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dede - speak across the decades, to tell their own stories - from hair ribbons to gunrunning to prison torture - and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule.