"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.
|Publisher:||Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd|
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About the Author
Piñeiro began her career as 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 the literary crime novel 'Tuya' (finalist for the 2003 Planeta Prize), 'Elena Sabe' and 'Thursday Night Widows',her first novel available in English. Miranda France wrote 'Bad Times in Buenos Aires' which in essay form won the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize in The Spectator magazine. A book by the same title was published in 1998 and met with great critical acclaim. The New York Times described it as 'a remarkable achievement' and the Sunday Times as 'an outstanding book'.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My mystery group is doing South American mysteries this month, so I picked this Argentinian mystery. This book won a prize and was made into a movie. In a strange way, it reminded me of GONE GIRL. There were three dead bodies right at the beginning of the book. Then the story reverted back to right before the deaths and told the story of an affluent, gated community in Argentina, and of a few specific couples living there. The how and why of the deaths came right at the end of the book and was a bit of a shocker. Since there was no police or detective involved in this story, the atmosphere and lives of these people was the only clue and build up to the deaths. Much emphasis was on the declining wealth of the affluent after the 9/11 attack in America, which was on the same day as Teacher's Day in Argentina. There was also great emphasis on the exclusivity of this gather community, that pretty much had everything anyone would need within it so that people rarely left those environs. Everything was planned for security and everything had strict rules. Not your average gated community. I have mixed feelings about this book which seemed more like a novel than a mystery. The life and attitudes of a different culture was very interesting, especially how much happenings in America affected this country. Also , the differences in the class structure almost seemed forced and I wonder if this was a little bit like the science fiction of "Stepford Wives". Different but interesting. I would say that it wasn't my favorite read, but it definitely keep me involved in the story right up until the end.
As Argentina falls apart due to an economic collapse of incredible proportions just after 9/11, the country seems on the verge of anarchy with no place that is safe. That is except for the well to do living in gated communities that insulate them from what is going on outside except for the TV news and their outside employment. In the Buenos Aires gated community Cascade Heights, four men (El Tano Scaglia, Martín Urovich Gustavo Masotta and Ronie Guevara) have dinner together every Thursday night. However, this time is different as three lie dead in the swimming pool at the most affluent Scaglia home; only Guevara who left early remains alive. How could this happen especially to someone as influential and powerful as El Tano is on the minds of their family members as all assume a horrific electrical accident occurred. However, Virginia Guevara though curious and shocked fears for her Ronie who behaves strangely since the incident and she believes he knows something more. This is an interesting look at a Argentina in which the upper class behaved like Nero fiddling away while the country collapsed. The story line is mostly told through Virginia's eyes as a successful realtor to the wealthy. Although insightful with a strong cast who warn readers to beware of growing exponential gaps between the affluent and the middle class, the mystery of the pool takes a back seat to the discerning look at the gilded life behind the gated community. Harriet Klausner