This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass Jen Montgomery s life appears almost suddenly to be at an impasse Nothing is as secure or as certain as she had previously thought Love marriage parenthood family work the very fabric of her id

  • Title: This Too Shall Pass
  • Author: S.J. Finn
  • ISBN: 9781742700380
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jen Montgomery s life appears, almost suddenly, to be at an impasse Nothing is as secure or as certain as she had previously thought Love, marriage, parenthood, family, work, the very fabric of her identity seems to be shifting She had always considered herself a forever person but now she isn t so sure, and this is frightening and exhilarating As Monty struggles toJen Montgomery s life appears, almost suddenly, to be at an impasse Nothing is as secure or as certain as she had previously thought Love, marriage, parenthood, family, work, the very fabric of her identity seems to be shifting She had always considered herself a forever person but now she isn t so sure, and this is frightening and exhilarating As Monty struggles to reconcile her inescapable desire to break free with the loyalty she feels to the choices she has made, an unravelling takes place and reality sets in This Too Shall Pass is a quiet, powerful novel that explores the shifting nature of a human being s life, and the ways in which we come undone and do ourselves back up again.

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    1. Very introspective piece of work from SJ Finn. Monty takes us through her: MARRIAGE BREAK UP - “I cried as I drove home, furiously sad over the loss of love rather than the loss of him. Indeed, to fall out of love is perhaps as much a shock as any disappointment can beAny failed marriage, even the most horrendous, has a lingering sadness. Difficult to account for or not, there’s a malaise”; DEALING WITH HOMOPHOBIA - “The town was repeating on me. The cafes, the people, the streets. I nee [...]

    2. This was a strange little book but enjoyable. It's not about anything big, more about something very normal. A woman decides to leave her husband, though she still cares about and respects him (her discovery that she is in love with another woman is the turning point). She believes she can remain an integral part of her son's life even when she leaves him behind and moves from thier small town to Melbourne with her lover. She takes a job that leads to a good promotion and a lot of politics. This [...]

    3. One word: meh. Sigh, really wanted to enjoy it but the blurb did not match the story. I wanted to know more about how she fell out of love with her husband for another woman. That would have been interesting! But because that happened at the start, the whole story was about her job. That would have been interesting too if it wasn't solely about that. A very easy read and well written but I felt nothing for the characters and couldn't even picture them well in my mind as they weren't written deep [...]

    4. I really wanted to like this, but the early poor impression did not improve, unfortunately. Feels like a clinician's memoir by someone who has not yet mastered writing in a successful fictional voice, and needs to be gently counselled to put the thesaurus down. So many misused words and butchered idioms! There are few proper scenes, only endless summaries. Few of the characters come into clear focus, and the colleague characters seem like villainous caricatures. There is no arc over the course o [...]

    5. I'm not actually going to finish this although it's short and not difficult to read, and it's not that it's badly written, it's just that I feel like I'm being told not shown and I have such a great pile of books that I want to read which I keep looking at.I feel bad - I haven't given this book much time, and I wanted to enjoy the story, but perhaps it's just not the time for me right now. Perhaps I should have placed something more dense between Floundering and This Too Shall Pass? Perhaps I'll [...]

    6. Felt like a very close autobiography of a psychologist (almost a diary entry style) which relayed her realistic and difficult work circumstances and also the struggle of personal changes with her sexuality and therefore her relationships with her friends and family.

    7. Short novel about a woman undergoing life changes. Nothing particularly pops out to me, even though the details of her work life as a psychiatrist in a government funded organisation were interesting (bureaucracy rules, right?). Not every novel needs catastrophic upheaval.

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