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Thursday Night Widows [Kindle Edition]

Claudia Piñeiro , Miranda France
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"An agile novel written in a language perfectly pitched for the subject matter, a ruthless dissection of a fast decaying society"—José Saramago, Nobel Prize winner

The English translation of hit novel Las Viudas de Los Jueves!

“Piñeiro’s clever U.S. debut.. . illuminates the hypocrisies of the country's upper classes after 9/11.”—Publishers Weekly

“Piñeiro is particularly skilful at exposing the social forces undermining Argentine society, and the fragility of personal relationships. We learn the surprising truth of the three men’s death in the final chapter; the build-up to it is riveting.”—The Times (London)

"Piñeiro builds up tension through banal, domestic details and the accretion of despair in everyday marital and professional struggles. 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."—Times Literary Supplement

“A razor-sharp psychological and social portrait not only of Argentina, but of the afluent Western world as a whole.”—Rosa Montero

Three bodies lie at the bottom of a swimming pool in a gated country estate near Buenos Aires. It's Thursday night at the magnificent Scaglia house. Behind the locked gates, shielded from the crime, poverty, and filth of the people on the streets, the Scaglias and their friends hide lives of infidelity, alcoholism, and abusive marriage. Claudia Piñeiro's novel eerily foreshadowed a criminal case that generated a scandal in the Argentine media. But this is more than a story about crime. The suspense is a byproduct of Piñeiro's hand at crafting a psychological portrait of a professional class that lives beyond its means and leads secret lives of deadly stress and despair. It takes place during the post-9/11 economic meltdown in Argentina, but it is a universal story that will resonate among credit-crunched readers of today.

The film of Thursday Night Widows, by Argentine New Wave and award-winning director Marcelo Piñeyro is coming soon with trailers available online.

Claudia Piñeiro was a journalist, playwright, and television scriptwriter and in 1992 won the prestigious Pléyade Annual 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 first title to be available in English.



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"An agile novel written in a language perfectly pitched for the subject matter, a ruthless dissection of a fast decaying societyA"-Jose Saramago A razor-sharp psychological and social portrait not only of Argentina, but of the affluent Western world as a whole.A"-Rosa Montero --Publisher

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 first title to be available in English.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 412 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1904738419
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press; Tra edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XQ96UQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #425,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 29 July 2009
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. After reading the jacket description ("A psychology portrait of a middle class living beyond its means and struggling to conceal deadly secrets, set during the post -9/11 economic melt-down in Argentina") I braced myself for a high-brow, depressing tale. But from the first chapter I was hooked.

The story itself is simple. Three residents of "Cascade Heights", a luxurious gated community in Argentina, lay dead at the bottom of a swimming pool. Through flashbacks, we get acquainted with diverse members of this upscale community and with the events leading to this tragedy.

The suffocating atmosphere of "Cascade Heights" is perfectly conveyed by the author. However I found the book strangely uplifting - it catches the different characters at their lowest point and then follows them to... well it depends on the character, but some of them will get some kind of redemption. The style is sharp and economical - no lengthy metaphor or description. The very short chapters go back and forth between the different characters. They keep you reading to find out what happens next. I look forward to this author's next book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Tale of Drama in Argentina 2 Aug. 2009
By Gamma
Format:Paperback
This book was everything I hoped it would be, based on the intriguing description. Now that I've read it, I'm eagerly awaiting future English translations of works by Claudia Pineiro. I'd also like to see the movie based on this book, currently in production by director Marcelo Piñeyro. I'm so thankful for Bitter Lemon Press, the publisher who keeps finding these gems of novels - such as this one, and the Havana Quartet by Leonardo Padura.

I found it incredibly unusual to set a crime novel in a lush, gated community outside Buenos Aires. I thought I would be struck by how different life in Argentina is - but for these moderately wealthy characters, it seems that their cares, worries, anxieties - even flaws and shallowness - are much more similar to USA or UK than I would have expected. The story takes place in 2001, with flashbacks throughout the 1990s - during times of economic upheaval and job losses. The current economic crisis (2009 version) made the story hit home a bit more, especially as everyone I know has the same worries (as the main characters in this book) about their job, career, finances.

However, this is a rich, fun tale - a dark comedy really - about a set of richly drawn characters who do crazy things. Thoroughly enjoyable - I read it in just 2 days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Despite the tacky cover, this book is no potboiler. Instead, the cover accurately reflects the values of the beautiful people of Cascade Heights, a gated and walled residential community thirty miles outside Buenos Aires with full-service security-along with a golf course and top-quality tennis. The wealthy residents of The Cascade have left their old lives behind, and low live in elaborately built houses with spectacular landscaping, a world apart. Argentine author Claudia Pineiro carefully analyzes the behavior of these residents, concentrating, in particular, on four couples-Ronie and Virginia Guevara, El Tano and Teresa Scaglia, Gustavo and Carla Masotta, and Martin and Lala Urovich-who live in the same neighborhood. The men play cards at El Tano's house every Thursday night while the women go to the cinema.

The novel begins on Thursday night, September 27, 2001, when Teresa Scaglia returns home and doesn't hear any noise from the card room or pool. She soon discovers that El Tano and two of his friends are dead. Using Virginia Guevara, a real estate agent who also lives in the compound, as the primary narrator, the author dissects the lives of these characters in the ten years leading up to this September, 2001 event, skewering their pretenses, their blatant dishonesty, their flouting of the law, and their feeling of entitlement. Recent years have been marked by a severe economic downturn in Argentina, however. As Virginia says: "Many of our neighbors made the mistake of thinking that they could keep spending as much as they earned forever. And what they earned was a lot, and seemed eternal. But there comes a day when the taps are turned off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thursday night widows 20 Oct. 2009
Format:Paperback
I will keep this short since the books synopsis explains in good detail what this book is about and also other reviewers have stated the books content so no need for me to repeat it.

This book starts with the ending and so it grips you from the off. Within a couple of chapters you are hooked, you know what happens, you just don't know why or who.

I am not too sure about the book giving a "psychological portrait..." I think that this termanology is slightly misleading, however there is good characterisation and it is a fair representation of what can happen during a recession.

The book is seperated into bite sized chapters - which is great for those of us who can be talked into reading just one more chapter before turning in for the night.

A well written book which is worth a read.
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