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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press; F First Edition edition (December 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190473880X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904738800
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,045,097 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

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Claudia Piñeiro was a journalist, playwright and television scriptwriter and in 1992 won the prestigious Pléyade 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.
She lives in Buenos Aires.

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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 briefcase. From Inez's point of view, things have been stressful in the month leading up to this discovery but she has been reluctant to admit that her husband of seventeen years is probably having an affair, and she has not wanted to go looking for trouble. The action gets off to a fast start. In the first five pages, Ernesto gets a call demanding that he come to the office immediately to deal with a computer crisis. Inez follows, discovering him with his secretary in a park in Buenos Aires. When an accident leaves the secretary dead, Inez decides to eliminate any possibility that her husband will be implicated in the death, perhaps saving her marriage in the process. Without telling Ernesto what she is doing to hide the accident and give him an alibi, Inez gets to work on his behalf, setting in motion a dark farce of classic proportions.

As Inez takes the reins, the novel's real action begins, with the plot moving at warp speed and containing twists and turns, surprises galore, and ironies which will keep even a jaded reader entertained and anxious to see how the author will resolve these issues, while laughing out loud almost non-stop. A secondary plot and a new point of view involving Lali, the daughter of Inez and Ernesto, run parallel to the main plot and add further complications to this already twisted story, while adding insights into to a second generation of women. Eventually, a third point of view emerges--that of the police reports. These, too, carry their own surprises and dark ironies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
In 1998 Buenos Aires, Ernesto Pereyra informs his wife Ines that he must go to the office late at night to deal with and emergency. Ines, recently having found a love note in his briefcase, assumes his office emergency is for his lower head as they have not slept tighter in a month or so.

Deciding to not fall into the trap that destroyed her mother who asked her husband what was wrong, Ines follows Ernesto into a remote woods where he meets with his secretary, Alicia. However, the cuckold wife is shocked when the rendezvous turns violent and Ernesto shoves Alicia, who cracks her head against a tree; Alicia is dead on the spot so Ernesto sinks her body in a nearby lake. Ines returns home knowing beyond a doubt her Ernesto loves her. When the police suspect Ernesto of killing Alicia, Ines provides him an airtight alibi. However, she becomes angry when she realizes her mate who she saved with her lies is a serial cheater.

This is a great twisting Argentinian noir as Ernesto and Ines learn what TrueLove is. Fast-paced, this deadly family drama grips the reader from the start and never slows down until the final spin. Claudia Pineiro provides a tense thriller that readers will appreciate.

Harriet Klausner
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Another Claudia Pineiro novel. Another hour or two of enjoyment. I recommend reading mysteries by foreign authors in English translation.
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By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on May 3, 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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