Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Thursday Night Widows By Claudia Pineiro - A Book Review

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. 

Production is expected in 2009 of the film of Thursday Night Widows, by Argentine new wave and award winning director Marcelo Piñeyro. 

In A Nutshell: This book was well written and and is the writer Claudia Pineiro's first book translated into English. I read it in two nights and while it isn't my normal book pick, I appreciated the 9/11 references. It was a nice feeling that what I already knew was true; 9/11 wasn't just something that happened here, it was global and affected the world.

1 comment:

  1. Being the subject of several of those things in my family and a previous marriage - that all appeared "normal" on the outside, I think this might be another book to recommend to my book club.
    Thanks for another one of your excellent reviews. (I see that you have taken off "Amatuer" on your book review titles - GOOD for you, because you are by NO means an amatuer!!)


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