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Library JournalThe author of the prize-winning novels Las viudas de los jueves ("The Widows of Thursdays," 2007) and Elena sabe ("Elena Knows," 2007), Piñeiro, has also written stories for children and the theater, and her works have been translated into several languages. In her latest novel, 42-year-old architect Pablo Simó's dream of building a tower crumbles when his life is turned upside down by the appearance of 27-year-old Leonor. This young woman opens up a "crack" in his precarious life. Although the title's crack refers to one in a building, the crack in Simó's life shows him to be going through a severe midlife crisis that leads him to question his monotonous existence. His loveless marriage is marked by discussions with his wife about their teenage daughter, who is exploring her sexuality. In his career, Simó has lots of enthusiasm for his profession but works for unscrupulous bosses. This suspenseful novel takes the reader on a journey through the streets of Buenos Aires, where many of the emblematic buildings of this capital are described. A gripping read that can be enjoyed in one sitting; recommended for public and academic libraries.—Liliana Wendorff, Univ. of North Carolina at Pembroke
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