Fearing for their safety, the Alvarezes fled back to the United States.
Just three months later, the Mirabal sisters—founders of the underground—were murdered.
We learn the details of the Butterflies' martyrdom slowly and, as it emerges from its chrysalis, readers find a story that spreads its wings, pauses to breathe the air of freedom, and gently takes flight.
Minerva Mirabal Independent, outspoken Minerva is determined to get an education but, even after finishing law school, is prohibited by Trujillo from practicing.
Their story haunted Alvarez, whose own family had fled the Dominican Republic just three months earlier in fear that her father's participation in the resistance would make him a target of Trujillo.
The novel is both an homage to the bravery and sacrifice of the Mirabal family and a literary work of high grace.
JR: What is is a book that helped me understand my country's story and my parents' story.
It was a book that I had to write, because it was a debt that I owed.
She is the first to join the revolution—" María Teresa (Mate) Mirabal María Teresa, young and naïve, communicates primarily through journal entries. I just go to classes in order to keep my cover as a second-year architecture student.
She becomes aware of the underground after she questions Minerva about both the strange, coded language she uses and a crate of guns that is delivered to the house. My true identity now is Mariposa (#2), waiting daily, hourly, for communications from up north." Patria Mirabal The eldest sister, Patria, toys with the idea of becoming a nun before falling in love at sixteen with Pedrito González, a handsome young farmer.