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The Bitter Taste of Time

The Bitter Taste of Time

A Novel

Bea Gonzalez

Thomas Dunne Books




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.


Bitter Taste of Time, The

LATER, AFTER YEARS HAD PASSED AND THEY ALL HAD THE benefit of hindsight, they would comment on how truly strange Asunción Encarna had been from the start. A curious...


Praise for The Bitter Taste of Time

"Spinning stories out of other people’s problems allows them to briefly forget their own. That’s the fun of this novel; it reads like a long string of juicy rumours, told by an excitable friend." - Quill & Quire

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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

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