Bitter Lemon Press
On Sale: July 9, 2009
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"An agile novel written in a language perfectly pitched for
the subject matter, a ruthless dissection of a fast decaying
The English translation of hit novel Las Viudas de Los
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.
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