The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe

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The next lyrical, beautifully wrought novel from Southern fiction New York Times bestseller Mary Alice Monroe.

 Each fall, millions of delicate, orange and black butterflies journey more than 2,000 miles from the United States and Canada to overwinter in the mountains of Mexico. The annual migration of the monarch is a phenomenal story—a miracle of instinct and survival. In The Butterfly’s Daughter, four very different women embark on a transformational voyage of self-discovery that follows the monarchs’ journey from the upper Midwest through Texas to Mexico.

When Luz Avila’s grandmother, the local butterfly lady, unexpectedly dies, Luz is compelled to carry her ashes home to her mountain village in Mexico. Inspired by the Aztec myth of the goddess who brings light to the world, Luz attracts a collection of women, each seeking change in her life. Yet no one’s life changes more than Luz’s when she meets her long-lost mother, a woman she had believed dead.

Their mishaps, trials, and joys are met with humor and compassion, culminating in their triumphant arrival in Mexico on the Day of the Dead celebration. The Mexican people believe the monarchs are the spirits of the recently departed, and a resplendent Luz feels the magic as she brings her grandmother’s ashes home—just as millions of monarchs flutter through the village on their way to the sanctuary.

Rich with keen insight and filled with lush imagery, The Butterfly’s Daughter is a heartwarming and unforgettable tale of mothers, daughters, and friends.

About Mary Alice Monroe

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Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of fifteen novels. Her books received numerous awards, including the Award for Writing from the South Carolina Center for the Book and the International Fiction Award for Green Fiction. Monroe has twice been a finalist for SIBA best book and a four-time finalist for the RITA. She is on the Honor Roll for RWA, and won the RT Bookclub Lifetime Achievement Award. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina where she is at work on her next novel. Visit her at and on Facebook.
Published May 3, 2011 by Gallery Books. 402 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Romance, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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A young woman follows the path of the monarch butterflies in their autumnal migration to Mexico.

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Luz Avila's mother abandoned her when she was a very young child to be raised by her grandmother, who she calls Abuela. When Luz is a grown woman, Abuela insists on making a trip to her home village,

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Star News Online

After all, her abuela raised Luz after her mother died (under mysterious circumstances) when the little girl was just 5.

May 14 2011 | Read Full Review of The Butterfly's Daughter

My San

Each chapter begins with a fact about the Monarch migration, and Monarch butterflies appear throughout the story, as does information about them.

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