The Question and Answer section for In the Time of the Butterflies is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Dede doesn't join the revolution because she's afraid. In addition to her fear, her husband, Jaimito pressures her not to get involved.... he doesn't want trouble for their family.
Historical fiction would be defined as a fictional (untrue) story based upon historical events. Authors are able to take huge license in this genre because they are creating the story using facts in terms of background and setting. The easiest way...
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