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The Time in Between

by María Dueñas

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"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"--Provided by publisher.
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Amazing in every way. Spain, the Civil War, finding a way to survive as a woman alone as a seamstress. Wonderful in every way. ( )
  sharishaw49 | Sep 20, 2023 |
En compañía del sol
Jesús Sánchez Adalid
Publicado: 2006 | 260 páginas
Novela Histórico

La aventura del jesuita español que enlazó Oriente y Occidente en el siglo XVI. Ambientada en la España de Carlos V y con el hijo menor del noble don Juan de Jassu como protagonista, el autor no deja escapar ningún rincón de su fascinante personalidad al tiempo que relata la vida del París universitario de la época, los viajes por mar, las costumbres exóticas de los habitantes de los reinos perdidos de Oriente. Todo ello se mezcla en una delirante realidad tangible, terrenal, y a la vez onírica y espiritual, que nos ilustra sobre uno de los pasajes más emocionantes de nuestra historia.
  libreriarofer | Jul 28, 2023 |
El tiempo entre costuras
María Dueñas Vinuesa /a3CgPMnkl
Publicado: 2009 | 604 páginas
Novela Drama Histórico Romántico

La joven modista Sira Quiroga abandona Madrid en los meses previos al alzamiento, arrastrada por el amor desbocado hacia un hombre a quien apenas conoce. Juntos se instalan en Tánger, una ciudad mundana, exótica y vibrante donde todo lo impensable puede hacerse realidad. Incluso, la traición y el abandono. Sola y acuciada por deudas ajenas, Sira se traslada a Tetuán, la capital del Protectorado español en Marruecos. Con argucias inconfesables y ayudada por amistades de reputación dudosa, forja una nueva identidad y logra poner en marcha un selecto taller en el que atiende a clientas de orígenes remotos y presentes insospechados. A partir de entonces, con la contienda española recién terminada y la europea a punto de comenzar, el destino de la protagonista queda ligado a un puñado de personajes históricos entre los que destacan Juan Luis Beigbeder —el enigmático y escasamente conocido ministro de Asuntos Exteriores del primer franquismo—, su amante, la excéntrica Rosalinda Fox, y el agregado naval Alan Hillgarth, jefe de la inteligencia británica en España durante la segunda guerra mundial. Entre todos ellos la empujarán hacia un arriesgado compromiso en el que las telas, las puntadas y los patrones de su oficio se convertirán en la fachada visible de algo mucho más turbio y peligroso.
  libreriarofer | Jul 28, 2023 |
Set in Spain, Morocco, and Portugal during the Spanish Civil War and World War II, this book tells the story of Sira, a poor seamstress born in Madrid, who transforms into an acclaimed designer. Sira falls in love and migrates to Morocco during the Spanish Civil War, where she endures many hardships and must remake her life. She is swept up in the turbulent events of the era, including politics and espionage.

This is the type of historical fiction I enjoy. The author sets the story around fictional characters and supplements the narrative with real people. It feels authentic to the time period. The story includes romantic relationships, but it is not primarily a romance. Sira must find an inner core of strength to overcome many obstacles, and her character growth is noticeable. The storyline is stitched together in segments that portray the main events in Sira’s life, which seems appropriate in a novel about a seamstress. There is a lot going on in this novel and it offers a pleasing mix of character development and plot. The pace ramps up in the second half when the espionage storyline kicks in.

The story is narrated by Sira, looking back on her life. “And that is my story, or at least that’s how I remember it, perhaps varnished over with the sheen that decades and nostalgia give to things. What happened in Spain after the European war, as well as the traces of many people who have passed through this account—Beigbeder, Rosalinda Fox, Serrano Suñer, and others—can be found in history books and archives, and in the memories of older generations. Their comings and goings, their glories and miseries were objective facts that in their day filled newspapers and fed the salons and the clusters of people gossiping on street corners.”

I particularly enjoyed the depiction of life in Tétouan , Morocco. The author does a great job of establishing an ambiance of color and activity. The writing style is detailed, perhaps occasionally too detailed, but overall, it is an entertaining piece of historical fiction.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
Excellent. I truly enjoyed it!! ( )
  Villameca | Sep 2, 2022 |
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Such a worthy adversary requires worthy derring-do, and Sira, now hooked up with British intelligence—for by now we’ve gone from gothic romance to espionage thriller—is just the person for the gig. Will Beigbeder, Franco and Uncle Adolf prevail, or will the good triumph? Well, you’ll just have to read Dueñas’ well-crafted but decidedly chick-lit effort to find out.

Middlebrow and breezy. A perfect beach read, if a touch off-season, unless you’re headed for Casablanca and its waters.
added by srdr | editKirkus Reviews (Dec 28, 2011)
Originally published in Spain in 2009, Maria Duenas's novel The Time in Between (translated into English by Daniel Hahn) has now become an international bestseller. The tale of Sira Quiroga, a humble dressmaker from Madrid who eventually becomes a spy for the British, is a detailed, exciting, evocative look at the time before and between the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.
This thrilling debut is marked by immaculate prose and a driving narrative, establishing Dueñas as a writer to watch

See also the author profile in PW Oct 2011
added by 4leschats | editPublishers Weekly (Nov 1, 2011)

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Dueñas, Maríaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auster, Paulsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hahn, DanielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Risvik, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Visscher, JacquelineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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