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Elena Knows
Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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In a single day, a journey across Buenos Aires reveals a daughter to her mother, a mother to herself, and the oppressive weight of received ideas to women connected by a fleeting encounter, twenty years before.
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Tamra
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A lot to think about here and none of it comfortable. Highly recommend!

One striking aspect I noted is Elena refers to her Parkinson‘s in derogatory feminine terms. Weakness of mind & body and lack of control is the condition imposed on women in Elena‘s world.

Suet624 I think of this book often. 1d
Tamra @Suet624 it‘s going to stay with me for sure! 1d
Tamra @Cathythoughts I‘m so glad it got on my radar via your review. 😘 24h
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BookwormM One of the best books I read last year 23h
Tamra @BookwormM I completely understand why 22h
batsy What @Suet624 said! 17h
Cathythoughts @Tamra Oh good 😘. It‘s a memorable one. 11h
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Tamra
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Only a third into this slim novel and it‘s quite thought provoking. The pace suits the main character!

It‘s been 2 weeks in 1 here. Plus I caught my first cold since before Covid. 😩 Whine & wine.

Ruthiella Hope you get well soon! 🤒❤️ 2d
Tamra @Ruthiella thank you! I‘m hoping it will be mild. 🤞🏾 2d
batsy Feel better! That's an excellent book 2d
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squirrelbrain Hope you feel better soon. 1d
Tamra @batsy 😌thank you - ‘tis the season. 1d
Gissy I hope you get well soon too! ❤️ 1d
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Cathythoughts
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#BookReport
I am happy to report that I read - Elena Knows - 👍🏻♥️
- Magpie Lane - very good !

And I‘ve only a half hour left on the audio of - Dinosaurs - ( which I‘ll wrap up on my morning walk ) really enjoying it too.

Hi Cindy ! ♥️

TrishB Great week! Seen a lot of good reviews for Dinosaurs too. Elena is in my Amazon basket as we speak… 2w
BarbaraBB Two favorites of mine! I haven‘t read Magpie! 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Just click ‘Order‘ 😉 2w
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Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks Trish, that‘s a lot of books for me in a week 😁. And I really enjoyed them all 👍🏻♥️ 2w
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Magpie is an easy read… it‘s good ! (edited) 2w
TrishB @BarbaraBB 😂😂 and say well Barbara said. 2w
squirrelbrain Want a fab week! 2w
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen X 2w
Cinfhen Yay❣️glad you enjoyed all your books, Cathy. I read both Dinosaurs and Elena and found them very engaging 😄 2w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Dinosaurs and Elena ! Engaging ! Cindy ! Isn‘t it a great result 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
LeahBergen A great week! 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Exactly 😂 and while you‘re at it, add Dinosaurs 💃 2w
Tamra I have ordered Elena Knows from the library based on your review, but I think I‘m going to like it so much I really should just purchase it because I‘m betting I‘ll want to know it‘s on my shelves after I read it. #firstworldproblem 2w
Cathythoughts @Tamra I‘m looking forward to your thoughts 👍🏻❤️ 2w
TrishB @BarbaraBB I‘ve gone for Elena for now 😁 2w
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Cathythoughts
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I couldn‘t put this down. The impact this novel had on me shocked me. So brilliantly done. It‘s like she squeezes these three womens lives into a ball and rolls it to us ( towards some ‘overwhelming question‘ , Eliots words came back to me ).
It‘s like she rolls the ball to us and leaves us with a bang, asking .. ‘ so what do you make of all that ? ‘
Which is a question I will be thinking about.
Powerful book.
All the stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AshleyHoss820 Nice imagery! ☺️🧡 3w
TrishB Very powerful review! I have it stacked 👍🏻 3w
Cathythoughts @AshleyHoss820 Thankyou ♥️ 3w
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Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘ll look forward to your thoughts whenever you may get there 👍🏻 3w
MaureenMc Excellent review! 3w
batsy Brilliant review, Cathy! This book broke my heart. That Eliot quote is perfect... ❤️ 3w
Tamra Oh, I need to bump this one up the list! I‘m inspired to read it. 😊 3w
Cathythoughts @MaureenMc Thanks Maureen X 3w
Cathythoughts @batsy it‘s a heartbreaker ! Isn‘t the writing and the whole construction of the book brilliant! 3w
Cathythoughts @Tamra I‘ll be looking forward to your thoughts on it. X 3w
jlhammar I couldn‘t agree more. Loved this one. Fantastic review! 3w
Cathythoughts @jlhammar Thanks so much 👍🏻♥️ 3w
LeahBergen Wonderful review, Cathy! ❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB So true! Great review 🤍🤍 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Wow 5 stars! I hope to read this. Great review Cathy! 3w
Reggie Stacked! Great review, Cathy! 3w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah😘 3w
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Thanks 🤍 3w
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Cathythoughts @Reggie Thanks Reggie ! 3w
CarolynM Wonderful review! Stacked for sure! 2w
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Thanks Carolyn. And I was just considering what to put in a little parcel for you … so you‘ve given me an idea 👍🏻😉 2w
Lindy Excellent review! Elena Knows is one of my favourite books of 2022. 2w
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Mitch
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Wow - this book is simple in construction and super intense with emotion. It‘s amazing! I felt I was experiencing the world anew through the pained eyes of a mother suffering from advanced Parkinson‘s. It‘s the tiny details of how she sees the world, navigates some independence and manages her body and the illness. Along side that there is a strong thread around abortion and a woman‘s right to choose - echoing the authors political activism.

Mitch This was my first 5 ⭐️ read of 2023! And this is why I love @monalyisha and her book matching magic - because I would never have found this book and picked it up if it wasn‘t for @rockpools and #auldlangspine. So thank you for extending my brain, my horizon and my whole reading experience! 3w
rockpools Oh fantastic! I‘m so pleased! It‘s quite deceptive this one, isn‘t it? It looks like one thing and actually is quite another. But such a kicker! And I do love Elena. I got Belle Greene and A Line in the World for Christmas, which I‘m enormously excited about! I‘m kind of holding fire a little longer til I start them tho - I don‘t want to waste them while I still only have half a brain cell. 3w
Mitch @rockpools hope you start to feel better soon xxx 3w
BookwormM Brilliant book so powerful 3w
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Mitch
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Starting this tonight #2 of my #auldlangspine list from @rockpools Excited to discover a new author, a new imprint and I think it‘s also my first Brazilian read. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

HardcoverHearts This one packs quite a punch, for so slim a book. I hope you love it as much as I did! 3w
MrsV I absolutely adored this book! 3w
rockpools I hope you like it. You may need a strong cup of something to go with it tho - it‘s not the easiest read😔. 3w
rockpools Also, maybe double check if it‘s Brazilian? In my head it‘s Argentina, but my South American geography needs work. Or an extended visit, perhaps… 3w
Mitch @rockpools you‘re right! My first Argentinian book! 3w
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BarbaraBB
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#12booksof2022

My April favorite was undoubtedly this one. A unique book about the relationship between a mother and daughter, navigating between dependence, hate and love, but also about aging and Parkinson‘s disease. A very sad and beautiful story.

Cathythoughts Very good. I see I have this one stacked already. 1mo
batsy Excellent choice. Definitely one of my top reads this year! 1mo
rockpools I still think about Elena. 1mo
Andrew65 Sounds an impactful read. 1mo
jlhammar Great choice! This will be on my tops for the year as well. 1mo
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Mitch
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Starting off my #auldlangspine stack ready for January 1! Still have three more books to add to the stack - but a fab reading month is starting to take shape! You‘ve picked me so FAB ones @rockpools

sarahbarnes Elena Knows!! 😍😍 2mo
rockpools Oh, I‘m so pleased! And I‘m beyond happy you‘re going to give Tomb of Sand a go. It‘s joyful. And heartbreaking. And a little bit out-there. I do hope you enjoy them. I think I‘ll try and pick 5 as well - can‘t wait to see what others you choose! 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB Elena Knows is soooo good! 2mo
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rmaclean4
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5 🌟 Exquisite writing. A story of mothers and daughters, and how we deal with what life hands us. Highly recommend!

BarbaraBB Such a good book! 2mo
batsy So good. And devastating 💔 2mo
rmaclean4 @batsy a top read for me this year! 2mo
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rmaclean4 @BarbaraBB so glad I got around to reading it. It has been on my monthly TBR for ages. 2mo
Tamra Need to get to this one! 2mo
rmaclean4 @Tamra it is worth it! 2mo
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tellmesomething2read
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a sandwich with mayonnaise. this is not pure story. tied up with advocacy. doesn‘t completely ruin it. bleak faux mystery.

10:30 on a Summer Night
Happening
Swallow

3.5 stars

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squirrelbrain
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A wonderful gift from Jess! @jhod 😘

I‘ve been wanting to read this book for ages, as so many of my favourite people here on Litsy have read it and loved it. And isn‘t the Charco Press tote bag lovely?!

jhod Happy belated birthday 😘! 5mo
jlhammar What a great gift! Fantastic book. I‘m interested in trying more titles from Charco Press. 5mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful gift! 5mo
Megabooks Enjoy! It was great! 5mo
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Megabooks
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This was a tough read because, as the primary caretaker of a disabled parent, I‘ve often wondered what would happen if I died. I ached at the loneliness and frustration Elena felt, and I feared for her future.

Elena has Parkinson‘s. Her daughter was found dead in the church belfry of an apparent suicide, but Elena knows that couldn‘t be the case. She heads on a perilous journey across Buenos Aries to the one woman who can help.

BarbaraBB I can se why it touches you especially . I loved this book too. ❤️ 5mo
batsy Lovely review. This book definitely hits home if you're caring for an elderly parent ❤️ 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it was great. It‘s interesting that she‘s known for crime fiction in Argentina, too. I‘d be interested to read more by her, especially if they have such compelling characters. (edited) 5mo
Megabooks @batsy thanks! It really did. 💜 5mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes, me too! 5mo
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MinnieTimperley
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Read for Women in Translation month. Wow. So much is achieved in this short novel. Wonderfully crafted and rich in it's messaging and thought provoking observation. I certainly want to read more of Pineiro's work and from Charco Press if this is the caliber of work produced.

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Lindy
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#alphabetgame #letterE
Two of the 5-star books that I‘ve read in 2022 start with the letter E.
Debbie, thanks for tagging me. 🤗

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻📚thanks for playing! 6mo
Lindy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s a pleasure 😊 6mo
batsy Elena Knows ❤️ 6mo
BarbaraBB Such a good choice!! 6mo
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Megabooks
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Dammit Amazon. Get your sh!t together! I only ordered two books on Prime Day and there‘s an issue. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Almost everyone I know that ordered stuff on a Prime Day has delayed deliveries. I don't think they can physically handle the workload. 7mo
Megabooks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick so far this is my only one running behind. I do feel bad for the overtaxed workers at both the warehouses and USPS. I don‘t particularly mind them being slow, but last time this happened the package was lost, and I‘d like to still get the good price. For some reason they offer refunds and not replacements, which I‘d prefer. 7mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🤞 that they get to you safely. 7mo
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sarahbarnes Elena Knows is so good!! 7mo
Megabooks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick it showed up today along with another I thought was coming tomorrow, so I guess they split the difference! 7mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I couldn‘t pass it up after all the amazing review! 7mo
BarbaraBB Two of my most favorite books most recently. Fresh Water was another. 5⭐️ for me, Elena came close! 6mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes, all my literary fiction friends have loved both, so I‘m really looking forward to them! 6mo
Suet624 I was so excited to see these two books in the same post. (edited) 23h
Megabooks @Suet624 😂 yes, and both were fantastic!! 23h
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Suet624
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So much of this book sneaks up on you. So short and yet so impactful. You start off introduced to Elena, a mother trying to determine who killed her daughter, even though it was clearly a suicide. You then begin to feel you‘re living in Elena‘s body as she navigates the world with Parkinson‘s. The writing puts you squarely in her body. And then … you learn the rest. A five-star read for me.

Jas16 You made me want to read this one even more. Great review. 7mo
Suet624 @Jas16 I don‘t want to oversell it, but after reading some so-so books in a row, this was a meaty and meaningful read. 7mo
batsy Lovely review. How this book sneaks up on you! So elegantly constructed yet devastating. 7mo
BookwormM Brilliant book 7mo
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jlhammar
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🌿 Harvard (The Idiot by Elif Batuman)
🌿🌿 Tagged. So good and a perfect book club choice. Mine met last night and we had such a great discussion.
🌿🌿🌿 Upgrade by Blake Crouch

#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗📚 8mo
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jlhammar
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Phenomenal. Incredibly poignant. A powerful examination of women‘s autonomy and one of the most effective portraits of living with a debilitating disease (Parkinson‘s in this case) that I‘ve ever read.

I‘ll be discussing this one with my IRL book club this week. Our first meeting since the pandemic! Should be a good one. Lots to unpack.

BookwormM I loved this one so powerful 8mo
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Cinfhen
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Don‘t let the sparse page count fool you. This is a powerful story expertly written & translated. Elena, a middle age woman suffering from advanced Parkinson‘s Disease is barely able to move without her daily pills. When her only child is found dead in the church belfry, Elena knows it had to be foul play and not suicide like the police ruled. Determined to solve the murder, Elena sets out across the city to visit a woman whom she 👇🏽

Cinfhen believes can help her solve the case. This is not a murder mystery. It‘s a character study about motherhood, ableism, societal expectations, aging, illnesses and caregiving. A lot to ponder in so few pages. 8mo
Cinfhen This was wonderful @BarbaraBB thank you so much for sharing it with me💕💕 8mo
TalesandTexts What a lovely book. In my stack. Thanks for sharing! 8mo
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Cinfhen @nishaagni be prepared to have your heart broken 💔 8mo
vlwelser I thought this was incredibly well done. And even more so because of the length. 8mo
Cinfhen Agreed @vlwelser I love when an author can say so much in so few pages ❣️🙌🏻 8mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review Cindy! 🤍 8mo
jlhammar Great review! I just finished this last night and wow! For being only 143 pages it really packs a punch. I'll be thinking about Elena and Rita and Isabel for a long time to come. 8mo
batsy Great review. It's a book that will stay with me 💔 Addresses so many relevant issues wrt care work, aging, & the ethics of living, & all in such a concise, elegant way. 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB @jlhammar @batsy this was such a thought provoking story!! I‘m definitely suggesting it for my IRL bookclub 😍📖 8mo
Megabooks Love this review! I stacked it earlier and definitely want to get to it! 8mo
BookwormM I loved this one such a powerful read 8mo
Cinfhen It really was impressive @BookwormM I think you‘d like it @Megabooks but reading about Elena‘s debilitating illness is very upsetting. I didn‘t realize the extent of Parkinson‘s- how little movement you are left with. 💔 8mo
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Cinfhen
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#SaturdayStats I think I‘ll pick this one up today, it under 150 pages and then I plan on starting #CampLitsy #TrueBiz
What are your reading plans for today??

Cinfhen Another gift from my lovely friend @BarbaraBB 😘🙌🏻💗 8mo
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I did! I‘ll start True Biz too this weekend. 8mo
thereadingpal I plan to finish reading Writers on Writing by Chip Scanlan, then keep reading How High We Go In the Dark 8mo
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TrishB Hopefully finishing this one today but got a lot of adulting to do 8mo
AnneCecilie I‘ll start on and maybe finish this since it‘s short 8mo
Cinfhen I really enjoyed How High @thereadingpal I hope you will as well. Ugh to adulting @TrishB I‘m not familiar with your book @AnneCecilie what‘s it about??? 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m loving Elena @BarbaraBB she‘s a great writer and im definitely getting a feel for the place, which is credit to a good translator. I hope you‘re alright during this difficult time. Thinking of you and the family - sending love ❤️ (edited) 8mo
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen I‘m not sure. So far everyday life. Not much is happening, but I think that‘s the point. 8mo
Cinfhen I‘ll await your final review @AnneCecilie 💖 8mo
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MrsV
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Books read this month. Favorite is tagged.

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Cinfhen
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Look at this wonderful #BookMail 😍Thank you so much for all the goodies and the surprise book @BarbaraBB ❣️❣️❣️Excited to read BOTH books. I really appreciate your friendship & generosity xx

Cinfhen And I love the floral bookplates 😍😍😍 8mo
TrishB Very cool ❤️ 8mo
Cinfhen It‘s been a good week for me @TrishB 💞💞feeling spoilt 😁 8mo
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BarbaraBB I am relieved they reached you at last. When I sent them you had just started Sea of Tranquility and was so enthusiastic that I thought I‘d buy you a book from her backlist! And I@hope you‘ll love Elena Knows. Thanks for all xxxx 8mo
Cinfhen It was so worth the wait @BarbaraBB I‘m excited to read ESJM debut 8mo
Megabooks Lovely gift!! 8mo
Cinfhen It really is @Megabooks I love our sisterhood xx 8mo
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nathandrake1997
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We have heard about literature healing wounds, but what about the kind that instead reopens said wounds and splashes boiling water on them instead? Reading Claudia Piñeiro's magnificent ELENA KNOWS felt like that. A book that hits so close to home that it ends up bruising one's soul leaving indelible marks in its wake....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....This is a book where, no matter how hard I try, I could never be objective about. And that's probably a reliable parameter for one's preference of literature, the kind of literature that shows objectivity the door.... 8mo
nathandrake1997 ....All I will say is, this book drained me to the extent that three measly paragraphs are all I could eke out about a novel that deserves a lot more. Will probably write a longer write-up at a later point, but for now, I'll wrap up by saying, this magnificent novel deserves all the hype and accolades it has been garnering. 8mo
Simona I liked it very much too. Simple, powerful and strong story. 8mo
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batsy Great review. I feel it left marks behind, as well. I'm living with and caring for my elderly mum now and I've not read a book that explored this theme from such an uncomprising position. 8mo
BarbaraBB Excellent review again. This is my favorite for the International Booker Prize. 8mo
BookwormM Loved this one as well and really hope it wins the Booker 8mo
nathandrake1997 @Simona @batsy @BarbaraBB @BookwormM Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ And I'm really sorry for replying so late 😓 Been feeling a bit low lately 8mo
BarbaraBB Take care of yourself 🤍 8mo
batsy No worries at all, you don't have to apologise! Take care ♥️ 8mo
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Brimful
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A brilliant and compassionate book about women‘s bodies,women‘s complicity in the ceding of control over those bodies, but also about how we do lose control through ageing and disease. Bodies prevail. I loved how the novel plays with knowledge and perspective through a very simple well told story. And Elena is a remarkable character. I loved it!

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jlhammar
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Friday #bookmail! I have high hopes for this one. I‘ve seen so many great reviews of this lately and it sounds fantastic.

sarahbarnes I loved it! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 9mo
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vlwelser
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This is a mystery of sorts. It's about Elena and her daughter who died in an apparent suicide. The book is actually more about what Elena doesn't know. This is on the International Booker shortlist.

My first experience with Hoopla. Didn't hate it. Definitely a worthy backup plan.

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Lesliereadsalot
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A short book about a mother‘s quest to figure out who murdered her daughter, when the police have determined it to be a suicide. The mom has Parkinson‘s and struggles to even get through her day. Really interesting ending.

charl08 Wasn't it though? Listened to the translator speak about this book - fascinating. 9mo
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sarahbarnes
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This book broke my heart. 💔 Elena is such an incredible character, and the painstaking account of her physical and emotional journey over the course of a day is why I read books. Based on the books I‘ve read on the Booker shortlist, I‘d love for this one to win.

Megabooks I had apparently already stacked this. I‘m always up for a good character driven novel! 9mo
vivastory I'm expecting to receive this one in the mail tomorrow 🙌 9mo
vivastory @Megabooks Just a heads up, this is on backorder everywhere but I was able to order it on B&N 9mo
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Megabooks @vivastory thanks for the heads up! 👍🏻 9mo
batsy It's so good ❤️ It's devastating but I love how it doesn't pull any punches. 9mo
sarahbarnes @Megabooks @vivastory Looking forward to hearing what you think of it! 9mo
sarahbarnes @batsy so good! ❤️ 9mo
BookwormM Me too I love this one 9mo
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BookwormM
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#BookerInternationalShortlist2022 Book 3

Wow this book is devastating I love everything about it my favourite from the list so far.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4679348071

BarbaraBB Mine too! 9mo
sarahbarnes I‘m reading this now and feel the same way! So far I definitely want it to win! 9mo
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rockpools
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Still catching up with reviews from #InternationalBookerPrize2022. This is the one I came away from with a firm commitment to read everything else the author has in English!

Elena knows that her daughter would never have gone to the church in the rain, would never have taken her own life in that way. So Elena travels acoss Buenos Aires to investigate. Beautiful writing & translation. And yes, I cried.

Full review: https://rb.gy/fkd4xr

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 great review. 9mo
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish! It‘s a teensy tiny little novel, but I do think you‘d like it. 9mo
TrishB I think this is on my next pay day list- it keeps popping up for me so I guess it‘s a sign! 9mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review! I see I have it stacked already 👍🏻♥️ 9mo
BookwormM My hold is at the library just need to collect it one downside to bank holidays 🤣🤣 9mo
squirrelbrain I have it stacked already too, I think from @BarbaraBB ‘s review, but your review makes me want to read it even more. 9mo
squirrelbrain Just found it on Scribd - yay! 9mo
BarbaraBB Yes @squirrelbrain I loved it too. Great review. So sad 💔 9mo
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AnneCecilie
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Elena‘s daughter and caregiver has been found dead in the belfry. The police has ruled it a suicide, but Elena doesn‘t believe them. She decides to visit an old friend, someone she hasn‘t seen in 20 yrs, Isabel.

We follow Elena on her trip across town to visit Isabel, and how Elena has to plan her trip according to her medication. She has Parkinson. It made an impression to read how Elena can‘t move and se beyond a certain point.

AnneCecilie Another thing that made an impression on me was Isabel‘s story both in the past and the present. Maybe there‘s more than one memory and truth to an action? 10mo
vivastory I just bought this one & Cursed Bunny. 10mo
AnneCecilie @vivastory You have something to look forward to. Interested in reading your thoughts on Cursed Bunny. I haven‘t read that one yet. 10mo
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EvieBee This sounds fab! 10mo
BarbaraBB Great review 10mo
batsy I liked the layers that came with Isabel's story, too. And I was impressed that a lot of depth was packed into a slim book. 10mo
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batsy
Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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I felt like this book reached into my chest & clutched at my heart. I sat sobbing after I was done. The other Litsy reviews have elegantly summed up what it's about. The force of this book speaks personally to me & I'm sure it will to many others. It's cleverly constructed; the novel is organised according to how Elena's ailing body responds to her meds, & in doing so, reconstructs time. Bodies, carework, mothering as a choice/duty. Unforgettable.

Simona Yes, yes and yes❣️It is incredible touching story. 10mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I can‘t wait to get to this one. 10mo
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batsy @Simona So unsparing and yet so moving ❤️ 10mo
batsy @sarahbarnes Thank you! I hope you find it to be a good read. 10mo
Cathythoughts How can I not stack after this review ❤️💔 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Stacking! 10mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I think you'll both appreciate this one! (Or maybe I'm just trying to get everyone to read it 🙂) 10mo
BarbaraBB I know what you mean. Such a hard and loving read. It touched my heart too. 10mo
Megabooks Stacked!! Fantastic review!! 10mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Elena is unforgettable 💔 10mo
batsy @Megabooks Thank you! 10mo
BarbaraBB Rita too, in her way! 10mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Oh yes! That landed hard. 10mo
Amiable Excellent review! I‘m intrigued. 10mo
batsy @Amiable Thank you! I love discovering books that surprise me. 10mo
Centique This sounds amazing! 🙌🙌 10mo
batsy @Centique It is; I think you'll appreciate it 💜 10mo
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BarbaraBB
Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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Elena has Parkinson's, her daily activities depend on the times when she takes her medicine, and is able to move for a few hours. Elena needs those hours to find out who killed her daughter.
Moving between past and present, Piñeiro not only paints a beautiful portrait of the relationship between mother and daughter, navigating between dependence, hate & love, but also of aging and disease. A sad and beautiful story.
#internationalBookerPrize2022

batsy Lovely review! I just started it today and it's already 💔 10mo
Cinfhen Sounds really heartbreaking 💔 gorgeous photo 10mo
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rockpools I kind of want to read this again already. 10mo
BarbaraBB @batsy It is from page 1 indeed. And it keeps that way. But so good! 10mo
BarbaraBB @rockpools I can totally see why! 10mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It is very good. Shall I send you my copy? 10mo
vivastory Terrific review! Looking forward to reading it 10mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory It‘s heartbreaking. I hope you‘ll get to it. 10mo
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful - stacked. 10mo
sarahbarnes Can‘t wait to get to this one - it‘s on my library pile. Great review. 10mo
Cinfhen I‘d love that, Barbara but no need to rush it. Thanks for the offer xx 10mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @sarahbarnes You‘ll both love it too when you get to it. No doubt about it! 🤍 10mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘m happy to send it! 10mo
Cinfhen You‘re the best, thank you!! 10mo
Simona I found the structure of this story incredible smart and effective. 10mo
Librarybelle Stacking! 10mo
Cortg And I just put a library hold on it! 10mo
LeeRHarry Have this one on my radar- glad you enjoyed it 😊 10mo
Suet624 I was hoping my various libraries would get this book but it doesn‘t look like they will. I‘m gonna have to read this once it‘s available in less expensive options. 💕 sounds quite good. 10mo
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Lindy
Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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Set over the course of one day, a woman severely disabled by Parkinson‘s disease travels across Buenos Aires in order to solve the mystery of her daughter‘s death. Elena is an unforgettable character and this novel is also deeply feminist. Loved it.

sarahbarnes Just got this one from the library - great review. Looking forward to reading it. 10mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes Enjoy! 10mo
Simona Indeed, she is unforgettable character. I loved it too. 10mo
Lindy @Simona 👯 10mo
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Lindy
Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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“What‘s wrong Elena, why are you crying?”
“They treated me kindly son,” she said, and couldn‘t say anything more.

Cathythoughts kindness can be heartbreaking 💔 10mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Indeed. I could identify with the character in this passage. 10mo
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Simona
Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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Elena suffers from Parkinson‘s disease and she is desperate to find out what happened to her daughter. Timeline of the story is one day, and while Elena takes trip across the city, we are transferred into her mind, her complicated relation with her daughter, her progressive disease … Beautiful written, with painful description of illness and physical limitations of human bodies, ageing, struggles of the caregivers … Powerful and bleak.

Librarybelle This does sound very powerful. Lovely review! 11mo
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shawnmooney Powerful and bleak and recommended by Simona? SOLD! 😃 11mo
Simona Thank you @Librarybelle 11mo
Simona @shawnmooney I hope that you will like it 🤞 11mo
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Simona
Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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Elena Knows is from previous #weeklyforecast and for this month Food and Lit, but I think that I will finished it today, Maid and Dead Dead Girls are for Booked 2022, and Trust is just because the premise sounds interesting. Happy reading week🤓

rockpools Happy reading week to you, Simona 😊 12mo
mhillis Great books!!! 12mo
Cinfhen I like the lava lamp 🤩😁how are you liking 12mo
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Simona @Cinfhen I haven't started listening yet, I finished Cultish on a walk today, so Maid is gonna be my partner for this week walks. I see a lot of mixed reviews about it, and I‘m curious where I‘m going to fit in 🧐 I hope that your week will be more on the easy side than the previous ❤️ 12mo
Simona @mhillis I hope that they are great! I‘m currently reading Elena Knows, and so far I really like it. 12mo
Cinfhen Thank you 😘 12mo
Cinfhen Did you like Cultish?? I think Amanda Montell is brilliant 12mo
Simona I liked it very much! … and finally I have the answer for the why I hate organised/group exercises so much 😘 12mo
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charl08
Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro

Rita was found hanging from the church belfry. Dead. On a rainy afternoon. That, the rain, Elena knows, is important detail. Even though everyone says it was suicide. Friend or not, everyone says so. But as much as they try to convince her, or remain silent, no one can refute the fact that Rita never went near the church when it even threatened rain. She wouldn't be caught dead there, her mother would've said if anyone had asked her before.

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