This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets
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Guilt, lust, love, and anger rise to the surface throughout the novel, creating a movingly human portrait of mid-adulthood.
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Synopsis

An irrestible, vivid, and wise story of one woman's reckoning with loss and love

Blanca is forty years old and motherless. Shaken by the unexpected death of the most important person in her life, she suddenly realizes that she has no idea what her future will look like.
 
To ease her dizzying grief and confusion, Blanca turns to her dearest friends, her closest family, and a change of scenery. Leaving Barcelona behind, she returns to Cadaqués, on the coast, accompanied by her two sons, two ex-husbands, and two best friends, and makes a plan to meet her married lover for a few stolen moments as well. Surrounded by those she loves most, she spends the summer in an impossibly beautiful place, finding ways to reconnect and understand what it means to truly, happily live on her own terms, just as her mother would have wanted.
 
A refreshingly frank and ruefully funny portrait of a grieving daughter, THIS TOO SHALL PASS explores how our deepest relationships are changed by tragedy, with bonds often becoming stronger in ways we never expected.


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About Milena Busquets

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MILENA BUSQUETS was born in Barcelona where she attended the Lycée Français de Barcelone. She obtained a degree in Archeaology from the Institute of Archeaology at University College London, began work in publishing, and has since founded her own publishing house. She currently works as a journalist and as a translator.
 
Published May 24, 2016 by Hogarth. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Feb 29 2016

A witty and passionate woman, recently bereaved, goes to the beach...Light, profound, sensual, unmistakably European: this may be the only book about grief to feel like a vacation.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 13 2016

Guilt, lust, love, and anger rise to the surface throughout the novel, creating a movingly human portrait of mid-adulthood.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Sharon Marcus on Jun 01 2016

Weightier than a sex farce but slighter than a novel of ideas, “This Too Shall Pass” is more of a thinking person’s summer book than a female “Death in Venice.”

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Adriana Delgado on Jul 02 2016

Unfortunately, by the time we reach the final page of this mess, we feel sort of cheated. Expecting a profound novel about the agony and despair of losing someone we love, we instead get the cheap and needless to say, mediocre adaptation of an Almodovar film.

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