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Mirabal sisters

December 2, 2011 Julia Alvarez's picture in the Lower Eastside Girls Club's mural, Women Who Change the World . Photo courtesy of the Lower Eastside Girls Club Julia Alvarez?s historical fiction novel, In the Time of the Butterflies , tells the story of Dedé, Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa...
Washington, DC The Mirabal Museum (the sisters' second home) in Salcedo, Dominican Republic. Photo courtesy of Ariel Laguilles. Set in the Dominican Republic, In the Time of the Butterflies is a fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters, three of whom were murdered by henchmen of the ruthless...
Washington, DC The Dominican Mirabal sisters famously fought for justice in one of the longest running (and most brutal) dictatorships in history. Author Julia Alvarez beautifully captured this dark period in a fictionalized account of the Trujillo dictatorship in her novel, In the Time of the...
"Lepidoptera 0004" by Noaha from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualarts/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 ) New to The Big Read library for 2010-2011 is In the Time of the Butterflies , Julia Alvarez's powerful historical novel set primarily in mid-20th century Dominican Republic. Among those chiming in on...
Washington, DC Today The Big Read blog features a guest post by NEA Big Read literature staffer Molly Thomas-Hicks. November 25 th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Forty-nine years ago today, off a lonely mountain road in the Dominican Republic, three sisters...