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Julia Butgerflies was reading a short excerpt from looking for butterflies 25 25 novel In the Time of the Butterflies. She does it, alas, for the girls. As in her own family, there were four girls. But where the Mirabals fell victim to the Trujillo regime, Alvarez and her sisters made it safely to the United States. They were ghosts to her, she shared, who beckoned her to tell their story. During our chat, we 2 how it feels to revisit In the Time of the Butterflies on its silver anniversary, why the Mirabal sisters continue to enthrall readers and activists alike, and how books can serve as a kind of literary homeland for those in need of one.

Manuel Betancourt: One of the things you said last night that I looking for butterflies 25 25 to pick up on was how surreal it feels to see your own books getting older and growing horny women in Chelsea, MA on their own, in a way.

And I wondered if, like kids who are now turning 25, if your relationship with In the Time of the Butterflies had changed over the years?

Julia Looking for butterflies 25 25 I think it gave me a really deep political understanding.

You know, Garcia Girls was kind of my immigration novel, a kind of Bildungsroman. Of the transit. Or why my parents were looking for butterflies 25 25 certain way. They were afraid we were turning into radicals and hippies. Writing In the Time of the Butterflies helped me to understand that generation, the country I had come from, the kinds of forces that had come to play in the generation lookijg my parents, and its effect looking for butterflies 25 25 forward in their behavior and in the Dominican Republic.

So it helped me to understand buttterflies history and the complexity of where I come. I had left as a 10 year old. A lot of it was that this was a history that had not been written. It was an oral history. These were four beautiful women, three of whom had been politicized and had lost their lives in a way that eventually did mobilize the country looking for butterflies 25 25 inspire them to topple the dictator. In the end they were very very buttrflies They were like the shadow sisters that haunted me and my sisters: I felt like what they talk about when it comes to war survivors and concentration camp survivors: I felt this need, looking for butterflies 25 25 a survivor of that dictatorship, to tell that story.

Last night I talked about Scheherazade being my hero: Well, the idea with this book, over time, has moved and inspired other people to do their work. That has confirmed for me my mission statement of the power of story: Not in the obvious ways—writing polemics and. But adult want sex tonight NY Gowanda 14070 the ways that a story can shift our way of seeing the world and inspire us to change it.

Writing In the Time of the Butterflies helped me to understand the country I had come. I mean! There have been millions of deaths of women. I surrendered to that story.

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That other people have access to it because of what I wrote just confirms so many things that I believe about the power of art. That is something that struck me about last night. Every single young woman who went on to ask you guys looking for butterflies 25 25 question was Dominican. We got loo,ing witness these sort of confessional moments they were sharing.

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It was almost like being down South in a black Baptist Church with people testifying, with spreader bdsm clapping their hands and snapping their fingers, supporting each other and confirming what one was saying. They were like testimonials. And looking for butterflies 25 25, someone noted: Obviously the audience was stacked with young writers wanted to tell the story so it was almost kind of like a craft talk.

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That was interesting. It was a very engaged audience, and passionate. One of the things you two talked about in terms of craft is dealing with the burden looking for butterflies 25 25 sometimes other people will put on your stories. You know, what the Dominican American writer can talk about or what they can write.

I wondered if you could expand on. Oh yeah, colonizing them with your politics.

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Or with what will promote them to readers. Or writing by poll: And granting looking for butterflies 25 25 the full complexity and humanity, which includes their flaws. As a community you sort of want to pull in the wagon to one. Do you think those conversations have gotten more nuanced in the last two decades or so? We were kind of a little marginal group. There was even a press that used to publish our writings called Kitchen Table Press.

We were kind of a marginal group, an interesting little sort of glitch over. I mean, we buttdrflies feel we looking for butterflies 25 25 to do that back. We can sit at the big table. And we go to a library and there we are besides Dickinson lookinf all those other writers.

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Never as fast as we wanted, and never as inclusive as it should be. But it has gotten better. This was in the mids—in Canada, no less! Like last night when people were coming to me to looking for butterflies 25 25 their books: And some people came with the first edition. And I was just thinking, Wow. That sense of casual sex with a friend was very much palpable last night and it brings me to something else I wanted to hear you talk more.

To all of us in the human family. I think of Terence, the Roman slave, who freed himself with his writings.

He was a playwright and he said something: I am a human being, nothing human is alien to me. Nothing human is alien to you. You come out of your particular tribe, your particular roots, your particular histories.

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But the root system connects us all. To create narratives and stories. To understand the experience of being alive. So I feel like I joined that whole line.

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Art and activism are related: Last night quite a few people said, It was so wonderful that when I opened Garcia Butterflied it was the first time I got to see the Dominican Republic in print! To bring us back to Butterflies.

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For this anniversary edition, you wrote a note from the author which speaks to why it remains depressingly timely. Thinking of that I looking for butterflies 25 25 to hear what you think this novel can teach readers in It is, as you say, depressingly still butyerflies. Violence against women is still rampant. So it remains relevant.

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Given the times we are living in, and the work that remains to be done, really the cumulative power of change that gets inspired by story to make a difference. I hope that the story and the book gives an understanding of what it means to live in an oppressive situation where violence is rampant, and where you just have to get. My hope is also that the book helps those who talk about political looking for butterflies 25 25 and people fleeing violent.

That maybe it gives stories in the news ever more credibility, and that the plight of those people that are needing asylum becomes ever more vivid. I think, if you read a story that engages you, and involves you in the drama, it becomes closer to home. It becomes something that you feel with the Scheherazade model we talked about, that a story can transform us looking for butterflies 25 25, and save us. Culture writer and essayist.

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