Portrait Of: Author Julia Alvarez Julia Alvarez is a renowned Dominican-American author whose work finds its power in intersections: like that between the personal and political, or those present in the Dominican-American diaspora. Alvarez's first major novel "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" is based on her family's immigration experience. Her next book was a work of historical fiction based on the Mirabal sisters, real-life Dominican activists who tried to overthrow the dictator Rafael Trujillo titled "In the Time of the Butterflies." "In the Time of the Butterflies" turns 25 years-old this year and in honor of its anniversary, Alvarez sat down with Maria Hinojosa to talk about the legacy of her work.
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Portrait Of: Author Julia Alvarez

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Portrait Of: Author Julia Alvarez

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Julia Alvarez is a renowned Dominican-American author whose work finds its power in intersections: like that between the personal and political, or those present in the Dominican-American diaspora. Alvarez's first major novel "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" is based on her family's immigration experience. Her next book was a work of historical fiction based on the Mirabal sisters, real-life Dominican activists who tried to overthrow the dictator Rafael Trujillo titled "In the Time of the Butterflies." "In the Time of the Butterflies" turns 25 years-old this year and in honor of its anniversary, Alvarez sat down with Maria Hinojosa to talk about the legacy of her work.