In this new book, the author surpasses herself, offering humour, empathy, surprises and a variety of registers to achieve an absorbing and highly satisfying read.
Once again, this is a choral novel, but the protagonist is a woman who has no choice but to:
a) Rebuild herself from scratch after a harrowing divorce.
b) Rebuild her grandparents’ house; a tumbledown cottage on the banks of the Manzanares river.
c) Look for lodgers, not because she needs the money, although she does, but because it’s the best way she can think of to avoid living alone.
But because she’s a sensible woman in spite of it all, she decides to get a hold of herself and set some rules that she knows from bitter experience make living together easier. For example:
• GETTING UPSET OVER OTHER PEOPLE'S THINGS IS PROHIBITED.
• SHOWING COMPASSION TO SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T WANT IT IS PROHIBITED.
Whether she and her lodgers want, or are even able, to follow them, is another thing entirely...
Along the same lines as La felicidad es un té contigo (Happiness is a Cup of Tea With You), this book offers MUCH MORE charm, originality, fun, tenderness and emotion.
Transworld (UK), Rizzoli (Italy), Bazar (Norway), Bazar (Finland).