Review: This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets
Published May 24th, 2016 by Hogarth (first published 2015).
A “literary tsunami” that is taking the world by storm—already sold in over 30 countries—about one unforgettable woman’s search for a meaningful life
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. (Goodreads)
I recommend passing on This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets. For an international bestseller, I was completely bored and searching for meaning the entire time I read it. Forty-year-old Blanca is grieving her mother’s death. The two seemed to have been close but even if they weren’t I would understand the feeling of despair that would accompany such a loss. However, that is all this story is. Blanca is unsure of her future because her mother is no longer around. Her friends recommend she return to Cadaques for the summer. She is accompanied by her two sons, two ex-husbands, and two best friends. All of the side characters run together honestly. What made the story even more strange was Blanca’s mindset that sex fixed everything. The coastal town of Cadaques sounded lovely, but everything else was a bore. There was character development, no plot, and no resolution. I rated This Too Shall Pass 1/5 stars.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.