Maria Duenas 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. She is currently writing her second novel.
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 *