The Bitter Taste of Time

A Novel

Bea Gonzalez

Thomas Dunne Books

Download Image Bea Gonzalez The Bitter Taste of Time

Available Formats

BookeBook

A richly layered and evocative novel about the lives and loves of a family of remarkable Spanish women

Set in northern Spain from 1920 to the present, The Bitter Taste of Time is the compelling story of the Encarna women, whose lives are both tragic and beautiful. After the death of her husband, the family’s gorgeous and imposing matriarch, Maria Encarna, turns her granite house into a pensión, opening it up to strangers with colorful stories and dark pasts. There she lives with her two unmarried sisters, her two daughters, and her granddaughter.

Through the Spanish Civil War, a dictatorship, and the early years of a new democracy, the Encarnas become the wealthiest family in town. Yet despite their success and tenacity, tragedy comes calling, usually in the form of a man—and almost always on a Friday.

By turns funny and moving, The Bitter Taste of Time is a thoroughly entertaining read.

Connect with the Author

Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Reviews

Praise for The Bitter Taste of Time

Praise for Béa Gonzalez

“Extraordinary. Cracking open Béa Gonzalez’s The Bitter Taste of Time is like plunging head first into a Goya painting.”
- The Globe and Mail

“Enchanting . . . with all the scope and majesty of the operatic productions that inspired her, Gonzalez's tale of love, longing, and loss is a sweeping, romantic adventure.”
- Booklist on The Mapmaker's Opera

“Gonzalez's ability to create a strong sense of place and develop fascinating characters makes this book a gem.”
- Edmonton Journal

“Sumptuous . . . Perfection lies in the details. With its top-flight storytelling and delicious prose, The Bitter Taste of Time leaves the sweet savor of a splendid piece of literature.”
- The Vancouver Sun


Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Bea Gonzalez

Bea Gonzalez was born in Vigo, Spain, and immigrated to Canada as a child. She holds her M.A. from the University of London. In addition to writing, she develops tours for Classical Pursuits to Spain and Latin America to study the works of their international poets and writers. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Bea Gonzalez

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

The Bitter Taste of Time
A Novel
Bea Gonzalez

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
October 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312364670
ISBN10: 0312364679
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$24.95

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
October 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429989886
ISBN10: 1429989882
256 pages
$7.99
Back

From The Publisher

Thomas Dunne Books

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back