A conversation with the author María Dueñas
accompanied by Mariela Dreyfus (NYU) and James D. Fernandez (NYU)
María Dueñas is PhD in English Philology and was a full professor at the Universidad de Murcia. She has also taught at American universities, and has written academic papers and participated in numerous educational, cultural and editorial projects.
After two decades in academia (English Philology, Universidad de Murcia) María Dueñas burst on to the literary scene in 2009 with the publication of her first novel El tiempo entre costuras (The Time In Between), one of the most remarkable publishing sensations in recent history. The novel would eventually be translated into thirty-five languages, and adapted into a wildly successful television series.
Her second novel Misión Olvido (The Heart Has Its Reasons, 2012) was another bestseller; it is set largely at a fictional university in California.
La Templanza (The Vineyard), her third novel, which takes place in Mexico City, Havana and Jerez de la Frontera, is currently being made into a series by Atresmedia and Amazon.
María published her latest novel in 2018. Las Hijas del Capitán, and includes a carefully documented portrait of the colonia of real-life Spanish immigrants who were living in New York City in the early months of 1936. Las hijas del capitán. was the best selling work of Spanish-language fiction of 2018.