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All Yours [Paperback]

Claudia Pineiro
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4 Aug 2011
Ines is convinced that every wife is bound to be betrayed one day, so she is not surprised to find a note in her husband's briefcase with a heart smeared in lipstick crossed by the words 'All Yours'. She follows him to a park on a rainy winter evening and witnesses a violent quarrel he has with another woman. The woman collapses; Ernesto sinks her body in a nearby lake. When Ernesto becomes a suspect, Ines provides him with an alibi. After all, hatred can bring people together as urgently as love. But Ernesto cannot bring his sexual adventures to an end...

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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: BITTER LEMON PRESS (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190473880X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904738800
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for 'Thursday Night Widows'(978-1904738-411): A gripping story; rather like the maids and guards, we stand by and watch evil enter the lives of an obtuse, decadent, pseudo-community. There may be bloody murder at the centre of this novel, but the dystopia portrayed is an indictment not solely of an assassin but of Argentina's class structure and the willful blindness of its petty bourgeoisie.A" TLS Times Literary Supplement 'Thursday Night Widows' is a fine morality tale which explores the dark places societies enter when they place material comfort before social justice, and security before morality.A" Publishers Weekly Makes excellent use of the formula whereby the reader knows from the outset who has died in suspicious circumstances, but not the reasons. Pineiro is particularly skilful at exposing the social forces undermining Argentine society, and the fragility of personal relationships. The build-up to it is riveting.' The Times

About the Author

Claudia Pineiro was a journalist, playwright and television scriptwriter and in 1992 won the prestigious Pleyade journalism award. She has more recently turned to fiction and is the author of literary crime novels that are all bestsellers in Latin America and have been translated into four languages. This novel won the Clarin Prize for fiction and is her second title to be available in English.

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2.0 out of 5 stars "There are various ways to die..." 17 July 2014
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Short, succinct, and somewhat crudely delivered, though not really offensive, given its metier, this poses the question of what Ines gets up to when she discovers her husband is having an affair. She is, in the first instance, wrong about the other woman and there is a murder, more a manslaughter in fact, as poor Ernesto is pushed rather too far by a desperate woman. Ines meanwhile is doing everything she can to cover up the crime, and then she sees her husband with the woman he is really having an affair with and it all goes belly-up.

From trying to save her husband from his inadvertant crime, she turns to trying to make sure he is convicted. One is not given sufficient characterisation to care very much unfortunately, but it passed a couple of hours for 172 pages. Though if this really is, as claimed on the cover, Argentina’s Bestselling crime author, it’s probably better if they stick to football.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a Psychopath 28 Oct 2011
By Mrs. R.
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This is humour of the darkest variety. Ines is a wonderfully delusional Buenos Aires housewife who has no idea what's happening in either her husband's or her daughter's life. (In this family none of them really know what the other two are up to, which is probably more true to life than we'd like to admit.) Piniero describes Ines's behaviour - which seems entirely logical from her own point of view - in a beautifully matter of fact way, with simple, elegant diversons right to the last page.
Pages from the court report, dropped into the book every now and again, give us an idea of what happens after the book ends but we are left with a few loose ends. Perhaps there'll be a sequel, or perhaps part of the pleasure in reading this elegant little tale of murder, psychopathic behaviour and suburban family life, is drawing our own conclusions.
As for the humour, you're not going to laugh out loud, but if you have a twisted sense of the absurd, I'm sure it will reward you with the occasional wry smile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy of Argentinian "marriage noir" 12 Oct 2011
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
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In a perfectly pitched black comedy, Claudia Piñeiro confirms the promise of Thursday Night Widows, her first novel to be translated into English. All Yours is a short book, but one that packs a real punch despite its deceptively light-hearted tone throughout. Most of the novel is a direct window into the stream of consciousness of Ines, who has been married to Ernesto for more than 20 years. At first we see them as having the perfect marriage that Ines would like to believe is real, but we find ourselves constantly reassessing reality as Ines is forced to suspect Ernesto of being unfaithful to her, and as we come to learn via witnessing her "in passing" thoughts, how they came to meet and marry.

Unlike the blurbs on the cover and at the publisher's (and retailer) websites, I'm not going to provide plot details here, because knowing them in advance would simply deflate this souffle of a novel, which is light, short, funny and as nasty as it gets. (This is one of those books where even a bare plot summary is the same as providing spoilers.) On the one hand, one can't stop smiling at Ines's thought-processes and actions as she makes new discoveries about her marriage and what she assumes her husband is capable of - especially when she goes through all the possible interpretations (filtered through rose-tinted glasses while thinking about the dry-cleaning and other domestic trivia) of each piece of evidence she finds in the house or encounters on her trips out - yet on the other, one is horrified and saddened by the trap that she and Ernesto are in. Just who is deceiving who, and how far will either one of them go? These are questions that the author puts in several different guises, and answers in no uncertain fashion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but in the end a disappointment 23 Feb 2014
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I was drawn into the book. The chapters were short and made you want to read the next chapter. I found a lot of the writing simplistic and couldn't decide whether this was due to the translation or was done on purpose to portray the simplistic thinking of the main protagonist.

However, all this lead up to, in my opinion, an anti-climax. There was a sub-plot that went absolutly no-where. I had high hopes for this book but was disappointed. I will be discussing it at a book club tomorrow night so look forward to hearing others' opinions of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All Yours 3 May 2012
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Upon opening this slim novel, the reader immediately enters the world of Ines Pereyra, an Argentine woman who firmly believes that "All women are deceived by their husbands. It's like the menopause; it may come sooner or later, but nobody gets away scot-free." She was taught that at her mother's knee after her father left the marital bed, and home. [Her mother is quoted frequently.] After 17 years of marriage, she learns this first-hand when her suspicions turn out to be well-founded. After discovering incriminating love letters and other proof of his indiscretions, she follows him to a park in Buenos Aires one evening, only to witness him in a violent quarrel with a woman, the outcome of which involves him dumping the woman's body in a lake. At first she conspires to alibi her husband, Ernesto, which she believes may only serve to bring them closer, but the reader cannot help but feel this is a far-fetched plan.

An alternating story line revolves around Ines and Ernesto's teenage daughter, Laura ("Lali"), who has serious problems of her own arising out of yet another ill-advised sexual encounter, and unfortunately without parents in whom she can confide, being too wrapped up in their own crises as they are.

Written with a finely tuned sense of irony, this is an engaging, off-beat and somewhat different kind of tale, one which is recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Where men are concerned, a bouquet of flowers is more dangerous than...
In her breezy commentary about her life, Inez Pereyra, wife of Ernesto, belies her initial shock at discovering a lipstick love-heart, saying "All Yours," inside her husband's... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by Mary Whipple
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Black Comedy
For the most part this story could appear trite; Ines is married to an unpleasant man called Ernesto and this book describes the marriage, and Ernesto's probable infidelity through... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Jax
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating tale
I really enjoyed this book, although it is not my usual genre. It was quite engrossing and really gripping. I could not put it down. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by Mistyange
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, if not outstanding
I was looking forward to reading this book but must confess that I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by D. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Shattering World
Ines can't understand why her marriage isn't perfect; surely by their age, she and her husband should be getting along nicely. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by M. J. Saxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky little book, very fast and enjoyable read. Would certainly read...
I really enjoyed this book. When I first saw it I was a bit surprised at how thin it was but it didn't detract from the quality of it. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by Misqué
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in translation!
A short book by an Argentinian author that involves a loving wife who discovers her husband's infidelity. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Peter J Godliman
3.0 out of 5 stars All Yours. Not Mine!
On the plus side, this is a very short story strung out to fill just over 170 pages, and is a book reminiscent in many ways of an old classic murder mystery/thriller. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Belfast Dave
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