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In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies

by Julia Alvarez

I found in literature a place where the table was set for all. Everybody was welcome. I found true democracy in reading.


If you would like to read books that inspire Julia Alvarez, you might try:
  • The Arabian Nights (collected works, various authors/translators)
  • Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, 1855
  • George Eliot's Middlemarch, 1871-1872
  • Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, 1975
  • J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace, 1999
If you would like to read books about immigrants to America:
  • Willa Cather's My Ántonia, 1918
  • Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl, 1989
  • Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, 1989
  • Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, 1999
  • Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, 2003
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