Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

María Dueñas’ The Time In Between (2011)

Atria Books, 2011

The Time In Between is essential reading for those who thought that reading about the Spanish Civil War meant Hemingway and Orwell.

In her lush and sprawling novel, María Dueñas presents the era via the perspective of  “an independent woman in difficult times”.

There was no room for a seamstress like Sira in the [...]

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