The November LDCW book club pick is Julia Alvarez's IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - Wednesday, November 27, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Free and open to the public
This year, in honor of its March 2014 Women’s History Month speaker Haleh Esfandiari, the Luann Dummer Center for Women will focus its monthly book club selections on titles that relate to the theme "International Feminism and Diverse Women's Life Stories" and that also feature female characters with prominent roles.
November's book club pick is Julia Alvarez's novel In the Time of the Butterflies (Algonquin Books, 350 pages). It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship. It doesn’t have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas—“The Butterflies.” In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters—Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé—speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression.
The LDCW book club is open to all members of the St. Thomas community and the public; feel free to bring a lunch and beverage. Those who have not finished or started the book are still welcome to join the conversation. For more information about future book club selections, check out the LDCW's website: http://www.stthomas.edu/ldcw/programs/bookdiscussions/.