ISBN-10: 1999368436
ISBN-13: 9781999368432
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 07/13/2021
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 4.90" W, 0.60" H

Elena Knows

Translator: Frances Riddle


Price: $15.95


SHORTLISTED for the International Booker Prize 2022

After Rita is found dead in a church she used to attend, the official investigation into the incident is quickly closed. Her sickly mother is the only person still determined to find the culprit. Chronicling a difficult journey across the suburbs of the city, an old debt and a revealing conversation, Elena Knows unravels the secrets of its characters and the hidden facets of authoritarianism and hypocrisy in our society.

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International Booker Prize (Shortlist)
Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award - Fiction (Shortlist)
LiBeraturpreis (Winner)

Short and stylish...a piercing commentary on mother-daughter relationships, the indignity of bureaucracy, the burdens of caregiving and the impositions of religious dogma on women. –New York Times

A lyrical portrait of a woman unable to grieve...incisive commentary on Catholic society's control of women's bodies. –Publishers Weekly

A murder mystery with a twist. –The Globe and Mail

Its true brilliance, though, is in how it flips Elena's insular daily reality into a much broader commentary on how the hypocrisy of Catholic society manifests in the lives and judgments of ordinary people. A highly accomplished and original novel, translated with great sensitivity to tone and atmosphere by Frances Riddle. –Irish Times

A gloriously taut and haunting tale...astonishingly assured. –Denise Mina, author of GODS AND BEASTS and THE LONG DROP

A fascinating, twisty tale. –The Listener

Contending with sorrow and illness, as well as the burdens of caregiving, bodily horrors, and forced presumptions in the lives of women, Elena Knows is a bold, visceral work of fiction. –Jeremy Garber, Powell's Bookshop

[Piñeiro's] words work a kind of magic only very masterful literature does. –Lucy Writers

In Elena, Piñeiro has created an uncommon Virgil who reminds readers of the damaging and even deadly effects of imposing one's convictions on others. –Necessary Fiction

A subtle and skilful exploration of how far women have the right to control their own bodies. –The Conversation

Riveting, revelatory and brilliantly imaginative. –Lonesome Reader

Praise for Claudia Piñeiro
Not for nothing is Claudia Piñeiro Argentina's most popular crime writer. Betty Boo is original, witty and hugely entertaining; it mixes murder with love, political power and journalism. Delightful characters include a morose veteran hack and a young trainee known only as Crime Boy. Iscar falls in love and the homicide count has moved up the ladder of Argentine politicians. –The Times

At the start of this thought-provoking mystery from Piñeiro (A Crack in the Wall), maid Gladys Verela arrives at the Maravillosa Country Club, where industrialist Pedro Chazaretta has a house on the grounds. In the living room, Gladys spots Chazaretta sitting in a chair, apparently asleep, but in fact his throat has been slit. In Piñeiro's artful hands, each of her investigators learns as much about himself or herself as about the murder on the way to the surprising, perfectly executed ending. –Publisher's Weekly

Those willing to take the time to enjoy the style and the unusual denouement will find themselves wondering why more crime authors don't take the kinds of risks Piñeiro does. –Booklist

Piñeiro is AWESOME. Her books are dark, have buckets of atmosphere, and they all feel entirely different even though she revisits some of the same issues again and again. She deals with the culture and social structure within gated communities; shows how walling ourselves in seems safer, but actually promotes fear and claustrophobia; she deals with gender roles and prejudice and economic class and long-held secrets that fester. –Book Riot

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ISBN-10: 1999368436
ISBN-13: 9781999368432
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 07/13/2021
Dimensions: 7.70" L, 4.90" W, 0.60" H
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