The Time In Between by Maria Duenas
A Novel

77%

13 Critic Reviews

...The Time in Between will not disappoint. It will transport the reader back to an era between two world wars...
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Maria Duenas

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María Dueñas (Puertollano, Ciudad Real, 1964) es doctora en Filología Inglesa y profesora titular en la Universidad de Murcia. Ha participado en múltiples proyectos educativos, culturales y editoriales. En 2009 irrumpe en el mundo de la literatura con EL TIEMPO ENTRE COSTURAS. Traducida a más de veinticinco lenguas, esta novela que ha cultivado a todos los públicos, se ha convertido en el gran éxito editorial de los últimos años.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Atria Books. 626 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Time In Between
All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 02 2011

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 26 2011

This thrilling debut is marked by immaculate prose and a driving narrative...

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Regis Schilken on Oct 24 2011

...The Time in Between will not disappoint. It will transport the reader back to an era between two world wars...

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by EMILY WALZ on Dec 10 2011

For a slow-moving, sprawling story, the ending presents a sudden attempt at happily-ever-after...inconsistent with the complex story...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Nov 23 2011

...it's the kind of novel that speaks to our most fundamental desires for a great story, masterfully told.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Mar 19 2012

The Time in Between is an engrossing read. Translated from its original Spanish, it flows well, though could have used a stronger editor to both pare it down and keep the point of view consistent.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Feb 10 2011

I would welcome a sequel, for which Duenas seems to set the stage.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Anne Morris on Dec 02 2011

So much happens at the beginning...one wonders whether she can keep up the pace for its 600-plus pages. Happily, she can and does.

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Globe and Mail

Above average
Reviewed by MICHELLE BERRY on Sep 06 2012

The Time in Between is a novel that expects you to have time and patience.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon on Nov 13 2011

...one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page.

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TimeFinders Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Christine Bode on Feb 10 2013

...I found myself wishing the book would end because it moved from the second half on at a sluggish pace...

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Wee Welcome

Below average
Reviewed by K. Bannister on Mar 14 2012

Although there was much potential in a novel about a talented seamstress cum English spy, I don’t feel The Time In Between lived up to that potential.

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History and Women.

Excellent
on Dec 04 2011

Written with vivid prose...The Time in Between is a timeless novel of treachery, duplicity, and bravery.

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