The Time In Between
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The Time In Between

Translated from the original Spanish by Daniel Hahn
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

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.

Already a runaway bestseller across Europe, The Time In Between 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.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Maria
Dueñas

Maria Dueñas holds a PhD in English Philology and is currently a professor at the University of Murcia. She has also taught at American universities, is the author of several academic articles, and has participated in various educational, cultural, and editorial projects. She is currently writing her second novel.

Maria Dueñas holds a PhD in English Philology and is currently a professor at the University of Murcia. She has also taught at American universities, is the author of several academic articles, and has participated in various educational, cultural, and editorial projects. She is currently writing her second novel.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Daniel
Hahn

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, and translator from Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Among other honors, he is the recipient of the Ottaway Award and his work has been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize and received the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Dublin Literary Award. He lives in Lewes, England.

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, and translator from Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Among other honors, he is the recipient of the Ottaway Award and his work has been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize and received the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Dublin Literary Award. He lives in Lewes, England.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This audacious and enticing debut novel establishes Maria Dueñas as a true storyteller with immaculate prose, driving narrative, well drawn characters and an especially engaging heroine.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/06/2009
Country
Spain
Original Language
Spanish
Author
Publisher
Atria Books
Translator
Daniel Hahn
Translation
Translated from the original Spanish by Daniel Hahn

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