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This Too Shall Pass: A Novel by [Milena Busquets, Valerie Miles]
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From Publishers Weekly

This short, poignant work balances humor, intimacy, and loss in a way that captures the nuances of each, and manages to be light while staying true to its heroine's grief. Blanca is still reeling after the death of her mother. Approaching middle age, she's also struggling to take measure of her life. She leans on her friends, her married lover, and the fathers of her two children during a summer trip to Cadaques in northeast Spain; Cadaques is where she spent her childhood and she still thinks of it as her and her mother's home. But as the heat and close proximity to her past make insecurities stand out, Blanca is faced with the question of what she truly wants in life. Blanca's crisis feels authentic, due in large part to Busquets' stream-of-consciousness style, which breaks through some of the armor her main character clearly wears with other people. At times the plot can feel meandering, but the steady pacing gives Blanca space to work through her many emotions without unnecessary drama. Rather than infuse the story with heated exchanges, Busquets relies on her main character's rich interior life and longtime relationships to add depth and significance. The easy, sensual way Blanca relates to those around her is thoroughly enjoyable without feeling at odds with the grief she experiences in frequent bursts as she moves through the town her mother loved. Guilt, lust, love, and anger rise to the surface throughout the novel, creating a movingly human portrait of mid-adulthood. (May) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Praise for THIS TOO SHALL PASS:

"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.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 82 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Spanish version of an Eric Rohmer tale
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Sir John Thomas, OBE
1.0 out of 5 stars A More Apt Title: "This Wind Shall Pass"
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