Book Club Kit: In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the ButterfliesIn the Time of the Butterflies
by Julia Alvarez
First Published: 1994
10 copies & Reading Guide

A fictional account of the young lives of Mirabal sisters Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa, otherwise known in the Dominican Republic as Las Mariposas, describes their suffering and martyrdom in the last days of the Trujillo dictatorship.

Reading Guides:
Penguin – includes Author Bio, Interview, and Discussion Questions
The Big Read – includes Historical Context, Author Bio, Discussion Questions, and a Radio Show

Author’s Website:

Other works by Julia Alvarez:
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
Once Upon A Quinceañera

If you liked In the Time of the Butterflies, also try:
Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Did your book club read In the Time of the Butterflies? Let us know what you thought in the comments section below.


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