smartchick.nina, September 29, 2011 (view all comments by smartchick.nina)
I had to read this book for class, and was surprised to find how much I liked it. Julia Alvarez writes poetically, giving each of the four Mirabal sisters their own unique voice and vision. She never writes anything that feels false or contrived, nor does she place the girls on an untouchable pedestal. I felt like I knew these four women once I was done. Alvarez writes about women, about strength and courage, about freedom and its cost.
Theresa Butler, September 17, 2011 (view all comments by Theresa Butler)
This book made me laugh and cry. Julia Alvaraz does a fabulous job painting a picture of a strong family, with the core being the sisters, in a time of turmoil. The portrayal of how they live their life and how they stand up for their beliefs really brings home what people can do when they are passionate about something. She also keeps it from being strictly political, showcasing their life and loves. This is one that will stay on my bookshelf for re-reading.
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"A fascinating and powerful picture of a family and a nation's history."
"A gorgeous and sensitive novel....A compelling story of courage, patriotism and familial devotion."
by The Denver Post,
"Imagination and history in sublime combination....Read this book for the novel it is. Read this book for the place it takes you. Read this book and take courage."
by St. Petersburg Times,
"A magnificent treasure for all cultures and all time."
Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republica in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.
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