The Butterfly's Daughter

The Butterfly's Daughter

Book - 2011
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Following the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico, Luz Avila arrives in San Antonio to find her aunt and meets her mother, who she had always believed dead. Now Luz must face her mother's reappearance in her life and get her grandmother's ashes to Mexico for the Day of the Dead.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2011
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439170618
Characteristics: ix, 382 p. : map ; 24 cm


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Jun 13, 2019

I love all of Mary Alice Monroe's books and this was no different! She is a loyal turtle lady but her book on the butterflies was just as good and always correct environmentally!! So thoughtful!! I just wish this was one she would do a 2nd book on.

Apr 14, 2016

could be an interesting read

Jan 26, 2014

one of the better books I have read in a long time... I couldn't put the book down!!

ChristchurchLib Sep 19, 2012

Luz Avila's beloved grandmother Esperanza has just died; the two of them had been planning to drive from Milwaukee to Esperanza's native Mexico to be in her hometown by the time the monarch butterflies stop there on their annual migration. To honor Esperanza, Luz takes off alone in a rusted-out old VW, ashes in a box in the back. But her destination-oriented road trip turns into an important journey in which unplanned stops in Chicago and Kansas teach her valuable lessons and give her new friends. Great for mother/daughter book clubs and for readers who enjoy women's fiction.

Listed in the Next Reads Fiction A to Z newsletter September 2012

BPLNextBestAdults Jun 05, 2012

This self- discovery novel blends a rich history of tradition and folklore. Luz Avila embarks on the same journey as the monarch butterfly, returning her beloved grandmother’s ashes to her birthplace in Mexico. She must reach there by The Day of the Dead on the first of November when, local custom has it, the spirits of the newly deceased arrive on the wings of the monarchs. It is a powerful celebration of man and nature in a circle of life and death; Luz is determined to be there.
Her journey, from the time she leaves Milwaukee, is full of problems, not the least of which is her battered orange Volkswagen that she bought for the journey. Luz meets interesting passengers and encounters meaningful signs that point her ever southward, despite her fears. She is able to mend a lot of what was broken in her life, especially when faced with being alone after her grandmother’s death. The trip to Angangueo is a homecoming in every sense.
The author is skilled at depicting strong female characters. She writes with humour and, best of all, has a beautiful descriptive narrative that leaves a picture in the mind’s eye. My daughter visited this place once and now I feel I have.


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