Synopses & Reviews
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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Between Youth and Adulthoodand#8230;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Between War and Peaceand#8230;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancand#233;, 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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Between Love and Dutyand#8230;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 officersand#8217; wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;An outstanding success around the world, andlt;Iandgt;The Time in Between andlt;/Iandgt;has sold more than two million copies and inspired the Spanish television series based on the book, dubbed by the media as the and#8220;Spanish Downton Abbey.and#8221; In the US it was a critical and commercial hit, and a andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestseller in paperback. It is one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. Marand#237;a Dueand#241;as reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller.
"DueÃ±as'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 DueÃ±as as a writer to watch." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Time In Between follows the story of a seamstress who becomes the most sought-after couturiere during the Spanish Civil War and World War II.
The thrilling, internationally bestselling novel about a haute couture seamstress who becomes an undercover spy for the British Secret Service during World War II.
A #1 bestseller in Spain with more than 1.5 million copies sold, The Time In Between has taken readers by storm with its unforgettable tale of adventure, tragedy, love, and war. Readers will fall in love with MarÍa DueÑas’s dazzlingly inspiring heroine, Sira Quiroga.
In the tradition of Laura Esquivel's Like Water For Chocolate, The House of Impossible Loves is a novel set in twentieth-century Spain and France revolving around a family of cursed women.
An “exuberant” (El Mundo
) debut novel of a family bound by searing passions, an earthy magic, and a very unusual curse
The Laguna women suffer from an odd affliction: each generation is condemned to tragic love affairs and to give birth only to girls who are unable to escape the cruel fate of their mothers. One fateful hunting season in their small Castilian town, a young landowner arrives and begins a passionate affair with Clara Laguna, the latest in the family line, daughter of a one-eyed woman known as “the Laguna witch.” He leaves her pregnant with yet another daughter, but the seeds of change are sown. Eventually the long-awaited son—Santiago, the great-great grandson of Clara—is born. A window of hope is opened, but is the curse truly over?
Introducing a cast of memorable, eccentric characters from a bearded, mute female cook to the local do-gooding priest and the indelible Laguna women themselves, The House of Impossible Loves is a feat of imaginative storytelling that marks the arrival of a talented new novelist.
About the Author
Marand#237;a Dueand#241;as is the author of the andlt;iandgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;and internationally bestselling novel andlt;iandgt;The Time In Betweenandlt;/iandgt;, which was translated into twenty-five languages and inspired a successful television series under the same title, as well as the highly acclaimed andlt;iandgt;The Heart Has Its Reasonsandlt;/iandgt;. She holds a PhD in English philology and is currently a professor at the University of Murcia. Dueand#241;as has also taught at American universities, authored several academic articles, and has participated in various educational, cultural, and editorial projects. She lives in Murcia, Spain.