In The Time of The Butterflies is a beautiful novel about a horrible event; the murder of the Mirabel sisters during the dictatorship of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic (1960). It is not a story that people outside the Dominican Republic would be familiar with. Yet Julia Alvarez brings it alive not by portraying it factually but giving us a fictional account. By doing so, she brings the sisters alive in a very personal and vulnerable way. It is an admirable and heroic achievement in itself.