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"A best seller in Ms. Busquets’ native Spain, the novel was partly inspired by the author’s emotions after the death of her mother, Esther Tusquets, a well-known publisher and author there. This accounts for the book’s sense of lived-in emotional truth, its deeply convincing, unconventional passage through pain." --New York Times
“[This Too Shall Pass] has a heady, intellectual air, adding a twist of Alain de Botton to the novel’s effervescent blend of Erica Jong and Pedro Almodóvar… Like a day at the beach -- a European beach, with cigarettes and espresso -- this novel lingers in the mind well after it is over, reminding us of the intimacy between pleasure and loss.” --New York Times Book Review
"Busquets' tale is both poignant and funny, an astute exploration of the inevitable sea change that comes with losing a parent."--People
"Busquets' sleek novella set in her native Spain, feels like the book equivalent of a European art-house film: frankly existential, full of ravishing imagery."--Entertainment Weekly
“[A] summery, sexy, cool debut novel…light, profound, sensual, unmistakably European: this may be the only book about grief to feel like a vacation.” --Kirkus (starred review)
"A literary tsunami...A seductive voice, one that wants to take a strong bite of life." --Silvia Marimon, ARA (Spain)
"A pure concentrate of emotion and intelligence . . . Unforgettable." --Marie Claire (France)
"The book of the summer."--Vogue (France)
"One of the most elegant books you can read."-- L’Express
"A luminous and profound book."--ELLE (France)
"Therein lies the secret of this short and deeply intense novel: in the building of a conscience that has been suddenly expelled from paradise." --Domingo Ródenas, El Periódico (Spain)
"One of the most beautiful reads of 2015." --AMICA (Italy)
"An intense novel, with delicate prose, both touching and deeply funny." --Vis Molina, El Cultural (Spain)
“A praiseworthy and truly literary work." --Antonio Lozano, Culturas, La Vanguardia (Spain)
"[This Too Shall Pass is] full of subtle wisdom." --Carmen Posadas, Harper's Bazaar
“This Too Shall Pass is an intimate story about loss and mourning, about saying goodbye, growing up; it’s funny and the love for life jumps from the page. But mostly it is a declaration of love from a daughter who cannot forget her mother. Who doesn’t want to forget."—Trow (The Netherlands)
"A moving declaration of love to a dead mother and an accomplished balancing act on the thin line between lightness and tragedy.”-- De Standaard (The Netherlands)
“Atypical, crazy, comical, painful. An original tale of loss that alternates vitality and grief, making them coincide, also in style: in the natural flow, without interruption, from the third person narrator to the first: you, mother.” -- Il Corriere de la Sera (Italy)
“This is not a distressing tale, on the contrary, it is full of life and sex.” -- Il Secolo XIX (Italy)
"A brilliant, lucid, poignant, bare and aching memory of a good-bye.”-- Juan Marsé
“Intense”—Femina (Sweden) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : May 24, 2016
- File size : 767 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 146 pages
- Publisher : Hogarth (May 24, 2016)
- ASIN : B014NZJOFO
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1910701076
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #619,695 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“Truth is a door I open only once in a while; otherwise, I keep up the high, slippery wall of fibs and courtesy.” But Blanca, though self-centred and promiscuous, is hard not to like. She’s fun, but capable of intelligent self-analysis. She doesn’t deign to cook or feed her children properly, but she loves them and her friends, even her exes, to bits.
Cigarettes and recreational drugs, drinking and talking and flirting course through this slim but charming novel. The party of people is like one of those extended Spanish families you find on their local beach: oblivious of anyone else, just mutually supportive and there to enjoy themselves. There is a moral aspect to this tale, but Milena Busquets achieves it with deft strokes rather than pages of angsty exposition. By the end you could plausibly describe it as a long love letter from Blanca to the mother as she struggles to come to terms with loss.