Publication Date – May 24th 2016 by Hogarth (first published 2015)
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 fresh, honest, and ruefully funny story about love, sex, marriage, grief, friendship and parenthood, This Too Shall Pass is an irresistible novel that is fast becoming an international phenomenon.
Don’t you love how chic, the book cover is? It was one of the reasons I decided to give this book a chance but never has a blurb been so misleading. I have to give kudos to the writer, in fact I think the blurb is the best written piece of the whole book. I haven’t been putting the blurb in my recent reviews, but I just have to for this one.
The book was very irresistible, that I had to force myself to read page after page, trying to connect and provoke emotion for the story, but the writing format put me off entirely, I found myself getting lost and confused, like the jumping from one thought to another was too quick, the story pace was just off-kilter. There were moments where it went too slow and then you find it moving fast, it just didn’t work well.
The idea is wonderful, how she is talking/venting/remembering the loved one that she just lost and tackling life after it, even with how crazy the blurb seems, it calls out that this should be a fun read but it wasn’t and I lost interest into the first chapter. Probably because the book was originally written in Spanish and the English version is a watered down version, but I can see this author writing a better story, that could also be well executed and paced right.