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Milena Busquets
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This Too Shall Pass

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,664 ratings  ·  597 reviews
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
Paperback, Advance Reader's Edition, 176 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Hogarth (first published January 2015)
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Aleix Dorca Miquel,

Pel que he pogut veure a la seva editorial la versió original és en castellà, traduïda al català per Lurdes Serramià.

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Megan Johnson
This Too Shall Pass is the story of a woman who's mother has recently died. She is learning to deal with this in her own ways including escaping to her childhood home and reconnecting with seemingly every man she comes across. To each his own, right?

The moral of the story (and don't worry, I'm not giving anything away here) is that each moment exists only in that moment. Each moment passes on, and eventually is then a part of the past as well. An "appreciate each moment" sort of thing, if you
Did absolutely nothing for me-- had to force myself to keep reading out of courtesy to LibraryThing Early Reviewer's program who sent me the book. But, as I told myself when I forced myself to turn the page, "This too shall pass."
Julie Ehlers
Ugh, I just can't. I'm 50 pages in and already fed up with the insanely annoying heroine, the writing style that can only be described as verbal diarrhea (I'm sorry, I know that's gross), and the supremely awkward language (this last may be the fault of the translator--I can't say for sure). I feel bad, because I won this in a First Reads giveaway and I usually like Hogarth Press's offerings, but life is just too short for bad books.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers.

Based on the other reviews I've seen for this book, I was expecting this book to be awful. However, I enjoyed it. I think what makes most people dislike it is the style. There are a lot of long chunky paragraphs. Also, the dialogue is distinguished by hyphens, and not quotation marks, and that can annoy some readers.

I thought this book dealt with grief and death of a loved one very well. It's a story about a 40 year old woman
Review originally published at Nudge.

A bestseller in Spain, this translated novel examines common literary themes: grief and the self-discovery that follows. But with liberal helpings of sex and philosophy, it's far from a familiar retread.
'For some strange reason, I never considered what it would be like to be forty... And yet here I am. It's my mother's funeral, and if that's not bad enough, I'm forty.'
With these lines, Blanca's story begins. Her mother's death leaves her in a state of
May 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't wild about this book. It started out slow for me but I wanted to give it a chance. I did like it more as I got into it but ultimately, it's just not my cup of tea.
I was curious about This Too Shall Pass (by Milena Busquets) because of the subject matter: A woman (Blanca) is dealing with the death of her mother. It’s many years since my mother died but I still deal with it, I still grieve her loss. I miss the things I never shared with her: my children, my career, my maturing. I miss her perspective on her life. But most of all, I feel with Bianca, “My place in the world was in your gaze,” and I have spent my life, in part, looking to replace that gaze, ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe 3.5. The cover is gorgeous. I am so bothered that it's not yet on goodreads.

Originally published in Spanish, it reads in that kind of choppy yet lyrical way that translated stuff often does and I love that. Blanca is 40, twice divorced (2 kids), and has just buried her mother. The whole short (>200) story is Blanca talking/thinking/venting to her mother, about her life and what her mom has left behind. Blanca has a lot of love, both romantic and platonic, in her life but her one true
Viv JM
Considering the subject of this book is grief, I found this a very light and fun read - not the sort of thing I would usually go for but highly enjoyable all the same. The protagonist, who has recently lost her mother, spends the summer at her childhood home by the sea with her children, her two ex-partners and an assortment of friends. There's lots of drinking, smoking, drug taking, sex and sunshine. I'm not sure it would have worked if it were set in a rainy English seaside town but the ...more
This was a great book to listen to on audio. Busquets has a voice that manages to be sad yet strong at the same time, and is a voice I never tired of listening to.

This is about a 40 year old feminist woman whose mother has just died. It's not just about her- it's her words to her mother as she tries to go on living life. She tries to find meaning in the things she has always done(sleeping with men), and when that doesn't work, she tries harder(more men and add marijuana). However, along the way
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mmmm... Not quite sure about this book. Basically it's one woman's search for the meaning of life after her mother passes away. Bianca is in a funk. In her grief she turns to her friends, her ex boyfriends, sex, drugs, and an over indulgence in alcohol. She searches for happiness and the significance of her mother's death. What would her mother want? What does she want? I guess this story is a different take on life and death but I wasn't completely sold. It is a quick read and food for thought. ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, 2016
I wanted more from this book, but it still feels like it captures the immediacy of a life-changing moment. Listening to Blanca tell her tale in a way that's both assured and wildly mixed-up makes me wonder how any of us manage to truly grow-up.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spain, grief
This is a short, languid novel of the narrator's sadness and ennui in a seaside town in summer where she grew up. After her mother's death, she is stunned by grief using drugs, sex and alcohol to cope as she looks back at memories of her mother, her boyfriends, her two ex-husbands, while contemplating mortality. The author offers some lovely passages: "Nacho belongs to the summer just like the boating trips do, or the naps in the hammock, or the freshly baked bread we buy straight from the oven ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This Too Shall Pass is about Blanca trying to cope and live life after losing her mother. Ithad its heartwarming moments, but I couldn't come around to really enjoying all of what I read. Yes, it was definitely a short book, with some depth, but it just wasn't for me. I felt like it was just dragging along for me, trying to finish the novel because I couldn't really connect with Blanca's character at all.

I applaud her character for choosing to finally live the rest of her life how she wants to,
Apr 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is mainly about the fact that Blanca is forty years old and motherless and how she confronts this situation.

What I like
The setting, I would like to go to a place like this to relax.
The good relationship she has with her ex husbands, and how her ex hubands have a good relationship with her other son that is not his. (Although I dont like one thing with Oscar)
I love the cover.
I like that she has people to care about her and be with her in bad moment.

“We're never as formidable as when
This is the story of a 40 something woman dealing with the death of her mother who was the matriarch of her family's fortune. For me, it was just okay. It was mostly a lot of conversations about how Blanca is now the new matriarch and how is she going to be able to handle it all. Her mother was the hostess and now she must be. She must entertain guests on their yacht and in the family palace, what is she to do?

There were also a lot of conversations about sex, who, when, what, where. It wasn't
Philippe Malzieu
Hot! Sagan athmosphere but a slutty Sagan. Rich and cultived people who fuck. It is their alone occupation. All this is a little vain.
«You are sad, fuck! You have a headache, fuck! Your computer releases you, fuck!...»
You can decline it in many variations. There is a metaphysical vacuum among this carachters. Post coïtum, animal triste est. The excess of clearness after love should be to them umbearable. I am surprised by the absence use of drug to surmount their faintness. .The reptilian brain
Courtney Maum
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will really work for you if you read it mildly drunk.
Amy Bailey
So there's really nothing to spoil here, because nothing happens in this book, but for the first time I am going to spoil a book because I would like to rant. It's been a while, and I need to blow off some steam. So if you don't want to know what happens in this book (trust me... nothing does) don't read any further.

I hated it. I am usually a bit kind with reviews. I only give 1 stars if I hated the story and it was also extremely poorly written. Horrid grammar, etc. This doesn't fit into that
Kate Baxter
This novella is as a letter written from a grieving daughter to her recently deceased mother. Its flow is a stream of consciousness as the daughter struggles with a myriad of emotions experienced through grief. Their relationship was a complex one and daughter Blanca struggles with this raw grief in some ways that appear healthy and in some unhealthy ones much of the time - doing whatever it takes to cope. She surrounds herself with those whom she loves, her children, ex-husbands, a married ...more
Paola Markek
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just realised why is this the title of the book.

It was short and sweet, and kind makes me wanna see this become a movie. Or at least that a sequel to this book exists.

Sometimes it feels hard to go through waves of pain Blanca feels, yet somehow it goes well with the summer heat and Cadaques as the background.

I also really loved her modern family, and the fact that although she has 2 kids with 2 different men, and is in her 40s she still doesn't have her life fully figured out (especially
Jennifer Jimenez
This book is a good book to read if you need a really fast book to read. Took me about two full hours to read this since it's pretty short.

I liked the author's writing. She described the scenery and people beautifully. The rest of the book just wasn't for me. There was no real plot, so it really read as just a longer short story. There were so many interesting characters involved that I'd like to see this as a fully fleshed out tale.

Again, because of how good the author's writing is, I'd say
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grg-reads
There were just so many things that I did not care for in the book. Took too long to get into. A forty-year-old that drinks, does drugs, has children, spends time with exes, friends, and married lover in hometown. Just too much considering she is trying to forget she lost her mother. At least one thing came out of it, be happy with what you have, it should be enough and quit thinking about just yourself. You are not the only one that grieves.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful little novella, quite light hearted despite the main character’s grief. I’d only give the English translation 2 stars as there were a few errors that irked e.g. the repeated use of “hermitage”. Pedantry aside, I’d happily recommend this one.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. Once I got closer to the end it picked up quite a bit, but that was maybe the last quarter of the book.
Rachel Simone
For a short book, I was pretty bored a lot of the time. There were some interesting ruminations on grief and mortality, but there were also petty dramas that came out of nowhere (seemingly only to add spice to the book).
Mar 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley.

The blub that describes this book on sites like Goodreads and Amazon really sells the book short. One gets the impression that this is a light, summer beach read, a book categorized as “chick-lit.” This particular classification of genre, “chick-lit” has always made me uncomfortable. It seems to imply, at least in my mind, that females read these lighter, less serious books, ones meant for the beach or for times when ones attention is not
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spare. Sexy. Sad. Hopeful. All these things.
WTF Are You Reading?
Blanca is a woman set adrift in every way possible after the death of her mother. In an effort to cope with this drastic change in her life, her family, friends, two ex-husbands, and even her married lover join her as she returns to a place of happiness and safety. Her childhood home, Cadaques. Once there, Blanca slowly comes to terms with the tragedy of her present, and the promise of her drastically changed future.

In this short and seemingly unassuming novel, Blanca just seems like any woman
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Milena Busquets was born in Barcelona in 1972. She attended the Lycée Français de Barcelone and obtained a degree in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology in University College London. She worked for many years at Editorial Lumen, the publishing house that her family had set up in the early 1960s and that was sold to Random House forty years later. She later founded her own publishing ...more
“Después de todo, amamos como nos han amado en la infancia, y los amores posteriores suelen ser sólo una réplica del primer amor. Te debo, pues, todos mis amores posteriores, incluido el amor salvaje y ciego que siento por mis hijos. Ya no puedo abrir un libro sin desear ver tu cara de calma y de concentración, sin saber que no la veré más y, lo que tal vez sea incluso más grave, que no me verá más. Nunca volveré a ser mirada por tus ojos. Cuando el mundo empieza a despoblarse de la gente que nos quiere, nos convertimos, poco a poco, al ritmo de las muertes, en desconocidos. Mi lugar en el mundo estaba en tu mirada y me parecía tan incontestable y perpetuo que nunca me molesté en averiguar cuál era. No está mal, he conseguido ser una niña hasta los cuarenta años, dos hijos, dos matrimonios, varias relaciones, varios pisos, varios trabajos, esperemos que sepa hacer la transición a adulto y que no me convierta directamente en una anciana. No me gusta ser huérfana, no estoy hecha para la tristeza.” 12 likes
“Yo creo que hay cosas que hemos perdido para siempre. De hecho, creo que somos más las cosas que hemos perdido que las que tenemos.” 8 likes
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