María Frisa’s “survival” guides

This blogger’s first impression is that María Frisa (Barcelona, 1969), a social worker and clinical psychologist, writes a kind of Spanish “chick lit”, though he can’t tell as he hasn’t read any of her numerous books… the latest one is called Cómo sobreviví a la madre de Pavlito (con uve) [How I survived Pavlito’s (with “v”) mother].

El País offers this summary: “It’s a book of 384 pages in which one is presented with an ingenious and above all very funny portrait of the current Spanish society through the eyes of a woman: a professional, mother and spouse. Within, there occurs a wide reflection on these roles and on questions such as the family’s and one’s personal expectations, on the difficulties of reconciling the professional life with one’s personal and family life, and on the dialogue of deafs in which we convert our relationships. This new literary creation is narrated in the first person and stars María Frisa. She describes five months of her life, between February and June, when there’s the end of term festival in her younger son’s, i.e. Hugo’s school.”

The publisher offers these comments: “Are your wardrobes also always too small? Do you think that keeping a secret includes telling it to your two best friends? Have you proven that, contrary to what the experts say, it is impossible to educate your kids without shouting? Have you found out that the most important advantage of being married is that you can forget waxing? Do you prefer believing that you are swollen or that you retain liquids to admitting that you have gained weight? If your answers are affirmative, you have got a lot in common with María who, besides being the protagonist of this novel, is also a compulsive shopper, a theorist of ineffective diets, capable of dying for a good reply -though, as with you, the right reply comes to her five seconds late- and she’s always about to drown in an ocean of doubts.”

Other books by the same author:

Breve lista de mis peores defectos [A short list of my worst defects]

Uno mismo y lo inesperado [Oneself and the unexpected]

15 maneras de decir amor [15 ways to say love]

Como entonces [Like then]

(Juvenile lit:)

75 consejos para sobrevivir en el colegio [75 pieces of advice how to survive high school]

75 consejos para sobrevivir en el campamento [75 pieces of advice how to survive camp]

75 consejos para celebrar tu cumpleaños a lo grande [75 pieces of advice how to celebrate your birthday in style]

75 consejos para sobrevivir a las extraescolares [75 pieces of advice how to survive extracurricular activities]

SOURCE: El País, Jan. 19, 2015; Planeta

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