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September 18, 2021

Three of them gave their lives to fight the vicious dictator of the Dominican Republic – one survived to tell the tale.

They were the Mirabal sisters Patria, Dedé, Minerva, and María Teresa. He – Rafael Trujillo – was one of the most brutal dictators ever known. It was Dedé who survived.

The story Dedé tells is told through her own voice and the remembered voices of her martyred sisters. It is a story richly woven from fact and fiction – amply filled with examples of courage, high ideals, and the joys, and sorrows of ordinary life against the backdrop of Trujillo‘s thirty-year reign of terror.

It is a story also of Dedé‘s virtual martyrdom – of how her special suffering was to endure life without her sisters when she would have preferred to have died with them rather than feel such pain. It is a story too, of how she coped with this pain, these losses, and these memories.

A novel of great “cariño,” it is an award-winning book by an award-winning author – and it shows.