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This Too Shall Pass

by Milena Busquets

Given that the subject matter is of a daughter coming to terms with the loss of her beloved mother, I had anticipated an emotionally challenging read. Yet the story is told with such tenderness that it had a lightness of touch I wasn’t expecting. Blanquita returns to her mother’s home in Cadaqués with family, friends and two ex-husbands for support. Sex plays a key role in helping Blanquita reconnect with the living, while grieving the dead.

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For all the love of my friends, of my children, it isn’t enough to withstand the impact of you not being here – I need to be held tightly by a man so as not to fly away.
Translated by Valerie Miles

Parallels

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
 

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