To Moving Forward

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When someone close to you dies, it becomes quite natural to take stock of your life and observe those around you more closely, which is what the narrator of Milena Busquets’ This Too Shall Pass does.

Blanca, a 40 year old double-divorcee with two boys, is stricken with grief when her mother suddenly passes away. In her attempt to come to terms with her life without her mother, Blanca spends the summer with her family and close friends while mentally commenting to her mother all the things that they’re doing.

A brief look into the mind of a woman whose actions stem from her desires to enjoy life and be loved. A quick, rather light read of the often heavy topic of death and grief, the book demonstrated how people can cope with tragedies in their lives and the benefit of having a support system, as you can learn new coping and life skills from them. I was, at times, put off by the childish behavior of Blanca, but that could stem from cultural differences, as well as an effort to emphasize the transformation Blanca makes into a more fully-fledged adult.

Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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