November 8, 2011

LAUNCH: THE TIME IN BETWEEN by Maria Dueñas

   
THE TIME IN BETWEEN
By Maria Dueñas
Atria Books


I left behind my neighborhood, my people, my little world forever. My whole past remained there as I set out on a new stage of my life, a life that seemed luminous….             –Sira Quiroga


And then, as I became aware of my possible scope, I knew the time had come for me to stop going blindly down the paths that other people had set for me….Time for me to take up the reins of my own existence, to choose my own path, to decide how and with whom I was to follow it. I’d stumble along the way, make missteps, encountered broken glass, accidents, and pools of dark mud. I wasn’t facing an easy future, I was quiet sure about that. But the time had come to stop moving forward without any awareness of the terrain I was on… In short, it was time to be the mistress of my own life.           –Arish Agoriuq (Sira Quiroga spelled backwards)




THE TIME IN BETWEEN is a word-of-mouth phenomenon that catapulted Maria Dueñas, a debut author, to the top of Spain’s bestseller lists. It makes its U.S. debut today, November 8.

Sweeping across three countries and two continents, THE TIME IN BETWEEN is a beautifully written, fast-paced novel that stitches together fact and fiction to bring us a vivid and vibrant one-woman’s adventure, set amid the Spanish Civil War and the onset of WW II. Written as a memoir, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, is Sira Quiroga’s story – a story of love, betrayal, survival, high fashion and political intrigue. Readers of all ages will enjoy this thrilling adventure. Dueñas is definitely an author to watch.


BOOK SUMMARY: Sira Quiroga is a simple seamstress engaged to a quiet, dedicated Spanish gentleman. Then passion rears its ugly head and turns her life upside down. Sira runs off with her lover, and with a small inheritance from her estranged father, the lovers move to exotic North Africa. Life is grand until her lover abandons Sira, leaving her destitute in a foreign land. In order to survive, Sira reinvents herself into an haute couture designer and is an instant success with the socialite wives of the German Nazi officers and Spain’s expatriates. And, it is that same success that catapults the innocent seamstress into the treacherous and sinister world of political conspiracies and espionage. Sira returns to Spain with a new name and a dangerous mission. She relays her findings by sewing coded messages into the hems and sleeves of her designs. Spy games leave little time for personal pleasure or romance, but that changes rapidly when Sira’s cover is blown and a secret admirer comes to the rescue.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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. THE TIME IN BETWEEN is Dueñas first novel, and is a #1 bestseller in her native Spain.

LANGUAGES:  THE TIME IN BETWEEN is available in English and Spanish.

FORMATS: The book is being released in the U.S. in hardcover, audio download, eAudio and eBook formats.

FOR AUTHOR PAGE & VIDEO, click here.

FOR AUTHOR PAGE IN SPANISH, click here.





DISCLAIMER:     Book was submitted by publisher, but the review is all mine. --mcf