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The Time in Between: Author of international bestseller comes to Houston

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Set in Madrid, Tetuán, and Lisbon before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War through the Second World War, The Time in Between follows the life of Sira Quiroga. Born a poor seamstress in Madrid, Sira — after being abandoned in Tangiers by her lover — forges a new identity and becomes the most sought-after couturiere in North Africa, catering to the idle rich and the wealthy wives of high ranking officials.

Sira dreams only of paying off her debts and rescuing her mother from war-torn Madrid, but soon finds herself embroiled in a world of spies and counterspies. Her profession puts her in a perfect position to garner classified intelligence and then pass it along to the British Secret Service through a secret code stitched into the hems of her haute couture dresses.

With The Time in Between, Dueñas sweeps readers into this tumultuous time in history. Her vibrant narrative transports you behind the scenes of high fashion and offers a fascinating lesson in an industry that managed—against all odds—to survive a period of intense political upheaval. Dueñas’ also has a talent for not only creating complex and fallible characters—especially her protagonist, Sira—but also vividly personifies the culture of the legendary colonial enclaves of North Africa, war-torn Madrid, and cosmopolitan Lisbon, flush with spies, opportunists, and refugees.

The Time in Between, a bestseller in Spain, is scheduled to publish in more than 20 languages.

Blue Willow Bookshop is hosting Maria Duenas, author of THE TIME IN BETWEEN, on Saturday, July 14, at 3:00 pm.

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