Monday, May 09, 2011 Posted by Dina N
Four very different women embark on a transformational journey that follows the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico. The story begins when Luz Avila's grandmother, the local butterfly lady, purchases an old, orange VW bug for a road trip home to Mexico. When she unexpectedly dies, Luz is inspired to take her grandmother's ashes home. In the manner of the Aztec myth of the goddess who brings light to the world, Luz attracts a collection of lost women, each seeking change in their lives. The Mexican people believe the monarchs are the spirits of the recently departed and Luz taps into ancient rituals and myths as she follows the spectacular, glittering river of orange monarchs in the sky to home.
The Butterfly's Daughter is a beautifully written novel about family, loss and tradition. Part coming of age story, part tribute to family, and part a celebration of the beauty of nature, this book follows one young woman's search for closure and for a place to belong.
Luz is an only child who has never met her father, does not remember her mother, and has been raised by her grandmother. After Abuela's death, Luz feels alone in the world and gives in to the need to travel to Mexico to find her roots. She takes her grandmother's ashes on a road trip that follows the amazing migration of the monarch butterflies. These magnificent creatures represent Luz's connection to her grandmother and her own metamorphosis into a woman. Ancient myths and modern knowledge about the mariposas (monarch butterflies) are beautifully woven into the narrative.
On the way to Mexico, Luz learns to embrace independence. She makes new friends, meets her extended family, and discovers the truth about her mother. Her transformation from a lonely, grieving girl to a self-confident adult is reminiscent of the changes a butterfly must undergo before her beauty is revealed to the world. By helping others on her journey, Luz finds the strength to deal with her grief and ultimately to forgive her mother.
The Butterfly's Daughter
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