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The Seamstress by Maria Duenas

The Seamstress

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September 2012 Debut of the Month.

From pre Spanish Civil War into Morocco and back into Spain during World War ll, this is a big (600+ page) sweeping 1st person narrative tale of danger, love, betrayal and espionage. Sewing is an intriguing and convenient backdrop for spying. Here one Sara Quiroga is swept up in uncertain times, privy to unbridled gossip and plucky enough to use her position to great effect. If you like big adventures you'll love this. A huge bestseller in its native Spain and internationally, it was published as The Time in Between in America.

If you like Maria Duenas you might also like to read books by Ildefonso Falcones, Sebastian Faulks and David Boling.

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The Seamstress by Maria Duenas

Spain, 1936 and the brink of civil war. Young, poor Sara Quiroga is swept up in a whirlwind romance with her wily love Ramiro. Fleeing Madrid together for Morocco, her love blinds her to his real failings. Soon abandoned, left penniless and in debt to the authorities, she has to rely on the one skill she still possesses: sewing. Taken under the wing of the bullish but caring housekeeper Candelaria, Sara is able to sew for the glamorous foreign English and German women in Tetouan. Privy to their unbridled gossip, Sara becomes invaluable to the British secret service, a position that is filled with untold risk.


'Maria Duenas is a true storyteller. Read this book and prepare to be transported' -- Kate Morton, Author Of The House at Riverton

'Maria Duenas's ambitious debut belongs to that increasingly rare genre: the historical epic...a richly satisfying novel' -- David Evans, Financial Times

'A magnificent novel that flawlessly brings together history and intrigue' -- Juan Gomez-Jurado, Author Of The Moses Expedition

'A wonderful novel with intrigue, love, mystery and tender, audacious and clean-cut characters' -- Mario Vargas Llosa

'A literary cocktail that mixes adventure, espionage, glamour, aristocracy and passion La Vanguardia How can a novel be both cruel and tender, dark and luminous all at the same time, and keep the reader glued to its pages with a complex, captivating narrative? Maria Duenas's novel manages to make this possible with a tale that is destined to become a literary classic' -- Javier Sierra, Bestselling Author Of The Secret Supper and The Lady in Blue

About the Author

Maria Duenas

Maria Duenas is currently a professor at the University of Murcia. She has also taught at American universities and is currently writing her second novel.

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Publication date

30th August 2012


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Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


624 pages


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