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Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Piñeiro
About The Book
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 by-product 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 melt-down in Argentina but it’s a universal story that will resonate among credit-crunched readers of today.
It can seem weird but I can feel the pace of the story depending on the nationality of the author; the humour, the core of the story… In this case I can feel the dark humour of the author, Claudia Piñeiro, the slow paced story with a twisted humour of the characters based on the worst moments of Argentina’s economy.
This is the story of an exclusive neighborhood where three men appear dead in the swimming pool by one of the wives of the deceased. No one knows what really happened; were they killed or they committed a group suicide? Who would want to kill 3 rich men in their poker night?
Don’t expect a simple story, in this case the plot is as important as the background of the economical Argentinian problems. There was a sentence at the beginning of the story that shocked me but it explains how these families were living and how they lied to hide their problems, even with their best friends.
I knew how to keep my clothes crease-free and how to leave the bedclothes scarcely rumpled. It wasn’t so much that the chores were a burden, but washing plates, making beds and ironing clothes reminded me of what I had once had, and lost.
This is an amazing read, it kept me turning pages to discover the truth and the end didn’t disappoint me at all, an open ending with a bitter aftertaste which left the readers hanging for more. A delightful story that I will recommend to any reader, exceptional and original, a must read.
About The Author
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 first title to be available in English.