Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer in residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library's program "The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez." In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.
"Wonderful . . . Skillfully weaves fact and fiction, building to a gut-wrenching climax." --Newsweek
"A gorgeous and sensitive novel . . . A compelling story of courage, patriotism and familial devotion." --People "Shimmering . . . Valuable and necessary." --Los Angeles Times "Extraordinary." --Harper's Bazaar "Haunting." --New York Newsday "A poignant tale of courage and hope . . . As much an inspiration as it is a tragedy." --Ms. "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." --The Denver Post