This Will All Be Over Soon

Simon & Schuster. Aug. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9781982168315. $28. MEMOIR
Strong, a Saturday Night Live cast member known for spot-on impersonations of everyone from Melania Trump to Jeanine Pirro, delivers a raw, heartfelt account of her worst year. In mid-2020, after quarantining for two weeks in New York City at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Strong fled to an isolated house in the woods with two trusted friends. She describes grieving the recent loss of her beloved cousin from brain cancer, struggling to maintain a long-distance relationship with a man who contracted COVID-19 and seemed conflicted about her, and turning to writing as therapy. Facing her fear of the virus and the overwhelming sadness of losing loved ones was immensely difficult, Strong writes, but she attempted to find reasons to laugh and ways to connect with family and friends from a distance. Her reflections on past relationships, coupled with anecdotes about breaking into show business, make Strong’s book relatable and provide a little comic relief to a deeply personal, heartbreaking story.
VERDICT Readers need not be familiar with Strong’s work to appreciate her story, as it reflects the grief that so many have recently experienced. A reassuring, inspiring memoir that will resonate with readers who, like Strong, are trying to make sense of the last year and a half.
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