Literary Category: contemporary fiction
Language: Español, Catalán
The latest and great novel of the author of Life when it was Ours, winner of five literary awards.
A mysterious murder shocks Madrid in the mid-sixties: a woman appears dead in a luxurious home in the Salamanca district. The origins of the crime date back to a previous meeting, when in 1959, on a beach near Bilbao, the young Henar Aranguren, dressed by Balenciaga and preparing her debutante ball, falls madly in love with Martín, the only child of a working class family and aspiring writer, who goes down to the pier every afternoon to fish. Carried away by an impossible love which they are unable to relinquish, Henar and Martín flee to Madrid to fulfill their dreams together: he to become a successful writer, and she to become the most important dressmaker of a new era. But poverty, ambition and the harsh judgment of a conservative society will begin to open insurmountable cracks in the couple's relationship.
Three decades of the history of Spain cover this fascinating novel about love, the art of sewing and female emancipation.