Posted by: HouPL | 09/27/2011

Adult Fiction Spotlight

The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe

Monroe (Sweetgrass, 2005; Last Light Over Carolina, 2009) continues to offer a lyrically entertaining brand of literature. When her beloved abuela dies, Luz Avila is determined to return her grandmother’s ashes to her native village in the beautifully lush mountains of Mexico in time for the annual migration of the monarch butterflies. Although reaching Angangueo via a convoluted car trip from Milwaukee is the goal, Luz eventually realizes that the journey is just as, if not more, important. Along the way, she joins forces with three different women, each on her own tentative voyage of self-discovery. Although a long-kept family secret threatens to shatter her new-found confidence, Luz rises to the occasion, reconciling past and present as she scatters her abuela’s ashes in the Sacred Circle high in the Sierra Madres, among thousands of butterflies dancing in the wind. Monroe invigorates her characters with a spiritual energy that effectively drives the inspiring narrative.–Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2010 Booklist.


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