I’ve just finished Los besos en el pan, a moving ensemble novel that follows a year in the lives of families, neighbours, parents, children, the young and the elderly, ordinary people who have the courage to keep going in spite of the crisis and of the hard times.
The stories are all settled in a Madrid neighbourhood but they become a realistic and social portrait of the recent past, not only in Spain.
The title of the book derives from a tradition of kissing the bread as a sign of gratitude. Young people have lost that habit and they find it more difficult to face the crisis that has threatened to turn their lives upside down.
All these neighbours of the novel, Los besos en el pan will experience bittersweet moments of unexpected solidarity, of indignation and rage, of tenderness and tenacity. Therefore, Almudena Grandes’ novel is not only a portrait of a period of crisis, but also a story of how people can try to resist thanks to friendship and solidarity.
For a more detailed review of the book, please read my post in my Italian blog: www.creativepalabras.altervista.org