Madrid, 1939: Jimena Bartolomé is imprisoned in the women’s prison at Ventas. In this sinister institution, the warden, Maria Topete, controls the destiny of the prisoners and their children… In Si a los tres años no he vuelto Ana R. Cañil recreates some hitherto relatively unknown events from the post-war period: the story of prisoners whose children were taken away by their jailors and placed in convents or given up for adoption. Si a los tres años no he vuelto is an unputdownable novel that exposes terrible historical events and depicts an unforgettable clash between Jimena and Maria, two memorable women.
A harrowing melodrama about one of the most obscure episodes of Spanish recent history.
The author is a well known journalist and won the Espasa Non-Fiction Prize in 2008 with La mujer del maquis, which sold 20,000 copies.
The novel is based on real, little known characters.
Si a los tres años no he vuelto will captivate and move readers of novels by María Dueñas, Almudena Grandes, Eduardo Mendoza, Dulce Chacón and Carlos Fonseca.