Study Guide

In the Time of the Butterflies Genre

By Alvarez, Julia

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Biography, Family Drama, Historical Fiction

In the Time of the Butterflies is definitely a fictional novel, but it takes place during the real historical period of the Trujillo Era in the Dominican Republic, making it historical fiction. Its main characters, the Mirabal sisters, are also fictional versions of real-life heroines, making this biographical as well. Finally, the family relationship between the four sisters is at the heart of the plot, which makes the novel a family drama.

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