The time in between : a novel

by Dueñas, María, 1964-

Format: Print Book 2011
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The inspiring international bestseller of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious couturier and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.

Between Youth and Adulthood...

At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew.

Between War and Peace...

With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancé, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land. Among the odd collection of European expatriates trapped there by the worsening political situation back on the Continent, Sira reinvents herself by turning to the one skill that can save her: her gift for creating beautiful clothes.

Between Love and Duty...

As England, Germany, and the other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career. As the preeminent couturier for an eager clientele of Nazi officers' wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal.

An outstanding success around the world, The Time in Between has sold more than two million copies and inspired the Spanish television series based on the book, dubbed by the media as the "Spanish Downton Abbey." In the US it was a critical and commercial hit, and a New York Times bestseller in paperback. It is one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. María Dueñas reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* On the eve of the Spanish Civil War, Sira Quiroga, a young seamstress from Madrid, is abandoned in Morocco by her manipulative lover. Forced to pay off his debts while mending her broken heart, Sira sets about opening a dress shop in the city of Tetouan to make money from the only trade she knows. That decision soon lands her not only in the eye of the Spanish protectorate's fashionable elite but also in the web of powerful friendships and political alliances determined to keep Francoist Spain from entering WWII on the side of the Axis. Packed with engaging characters many of whom, like the charming Rosalinda Fox and her lover, Colonel Juan Luis Beigbeder, were actual players in 1930s European politics flawlessly researched, and breathlessly paced for its 600-plus pages, this debut novel captures the beauty and decadence of pre-WWII Europe without ignoring or minimizing the very real suffering of Spaniards following Franco's rise to power. Its focus on the realities of this conflict, which are often overshadowed by the Third Reich, and on the story of a cunning, courageous, and fascinating woman who could well have existed have rightly earned it a place on several international best-seller lists. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Written by a college professor, this debut novel, a best-seller in Spain, is scheduled to publish in more than 20 languages and has already generated considerable prepub buzz.--Vanderhooft, JoSelle Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Duenas's wonderful debut (a runaway bestseller in her native Spain) opens during the mid-1930s as Spain is on the brink of civil war and young Sira Quiroga is preparing a simple wedding in Madrid, where she lives. Sira's plans are thrown off track when she meets Ramiro Arribas, the cunning older manager of a typewriter shop who convinces her to embark on an exotic life in Morocco. The future that he envisions for her differs from what he imagines for himself, however, and he abandons Sira after pilfering her inheritance and leaving her saddled with debt. Newly adrift, Sira travels to northern Morocco, where she is reluctantly taken in by Candeleria, a disreputable woman known for housing dispossessed souls. In Candeleria's care, Sira returns to her roots as a dressmaker's apprentice. Realizing her talent with a needle and thread, Candeleria takes advantage, quietly financing Sira's efforts and taking half the profits. As WWII looms, an influential client implores Sira to make a dangerous return to Madrid and set up shop there, adding another level of difficulty and peril to her journey. This thrilling debut is marked by immaculate prose and a driving narrative, establishing Duenas as a writer to watch. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Fashion designers -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Atria,2011
Edition 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
Other Titles Tiempo entre costuras.
Contributors Hahn, Daniel.
Language English
Description 615 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 613-615).
ISBN 9781451616880
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