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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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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
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Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗📚 2w
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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 2w
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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. 2w
Cinfhen This was wonderful @BarbaraBB thank you so much for sharing it with me💕💕 2w
nishaagni What a lovely book. In my stack. Thanks for sharing! 2w
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Cinfhen @nishaagni be prepared to have your heart broken 💔 2w
vlwelser I thought this was incredibly well done. And even more so because of the length. 2w
Cinfhen Agreed @vlwelser I love when an author can say so much in so few pages ❣️🙌🏻 2w
BarbaraBB Wonderful review Cindy! 🤍 2w
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. 2w
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. 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB @jlhammar @batsy this was such a thought provoking story!! I‘m definitely suggesting it for my IRL bookclub 😍📖 2w
Megabooks Love this review! I stacked it earlier and definitely want to get to it! 2w
BookwormM I loved this one such a powerful read 2w
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. 💔 2w
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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 😘🙌🏻💗 2w
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I did! I‘ll start True Biz too this weekend. 2w
thereadingpal I plan to finish reading Writers on Writing by Chip Scanlan, then keep reading How High We Go In the Dark 2w
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TrishB Hopefully finishing this one today but got a lot of adulting to do 2w
AnneCecilie I‘ll start on and maybe finish this since it‘s short 2w
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??? 2w
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) 2w
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen I‘m not sure. So far everyday life. Not much is happening, but I think that‘s the point. 2w
Cinfhen I‘ll await your final review @AnneCecilie 💖 2w
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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 😍😍😍 4w
TrishB Very cool ❤️ 4w
Cinfhen It‘s been a good week for me @TrishB 💞💞feeling spoilt 😁 4w
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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 4w
Cinfhen It was so worth the wait @BarbaraBB I‘m excited to read ESJM debut 4w
Megabooks Lovely gift!! 3w
Cinfhen It really is @Megabooks I love our sisterhood xx 3w
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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.... 1mo
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. 1mo
Simona I liked it very much too. Simple, powerful and strong story. 1mo
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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. 1mo
BarbaraBB Excellent review again. This is my favorite for the International Booker Prize. 1mo
BookwormM Loved this one as well and really hope it wins the Booker 1mo
nathandrake1997 @Simona @batsy @BarbaraBB @BookwormM Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ And I'm really sorry for replying so late 😓 Been feeling a bit low lately 3w
BarbaraBB Take care of yourself 🤍 3w
batsy No worries at all, you don't have to apologise! Take care ♥️ 3w
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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. 2mo
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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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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. 2mo
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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! 2mo
vivastory I'm expecting to receive this one in the mail tomorrow 🙌 2mo
vivastory @Megabooks Just a heads up, this is on backorder everywhere but I was able to order it on B&N 2mo
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Megabooks @vivastory thanks for the heads up! 👍🏻 2mo
batsy It's so good ❤️ It's devastating but I love how it doesn't pull any punches. 2mo
sarahbarnes @Megabooks @vivastory Looking forward to hearing what you think of it! 2mo
sarahbarnes @batsy so good! ❤️ 2mo
BookwormM Me too I love this one 2mo
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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! 2mo
sarahbarnes I‘m reading this now and feel the same way! So far I definitely want it to win! 2mo
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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. 2mo
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish! It‘s a teensy tiny little novel, but I do think you‘d like it. 2mo
TrishB I think this is on my next pay day list- it keeps popping up for me so I guess it‘s a sign! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review! I see I have it stacked already 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
BookwormM My hold is at the library just need to collect it one downside to bank holidays 🤣🤣 2mo
squirrelbrain I have it stacked already too, I think from @BarbaraBB ‘s review, but your review makes me want to read it even more. 2mo
squirrelbrain Just found it on Scribd - yay! 2mo
BarbaraBB Yes @squirrelbrain I loved it too. Great review. So sad 💔 2mo
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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? 3mo
vivastory I just bought this one & Cursed Bunny. 3mo
AnneCecilie @vivastory You have something to look forward to. Interested in reading your thoughts on Cursed Bunny. I haven‘t read that one yet. 3mo
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EvieBee This sounds fab! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review 3mo
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. 3mo
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batsy
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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. 3mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I can‘t wait to get to this one. 3mo
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batsy @Simona So unsparing and yet so moving ❤️ 3mo
batsy @sarahbarnes Thank you! I hope you find it to be a good read. 3mo
Cathythoughts How can I not stack after this review ❤️💔 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Stacking! 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I think you'll both appreciate this one! (Or maybe I'm just trying to get everyone to read it 🙂) 3mo
BarbaraBB I know what you mean. Such a hard and loving read. It touched my heart too. 3mo
Megabooks Stacked!! Fantastic review!! 3mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Elena is unforgettable 💔 3mo
batsy @Megabooks Thank you! 3mo
BarbaraBB Rita too, in her way! 3mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Oh yes! That landed hard. 3mo
Amiable Excellent review! I‘m intrigued. 3mo
batsy @Amiable Thank you! I love discovering books that surprise me. 3mo
Centique This sounds amazing! 🙌🙌 3mo
batsy @Centique It is; I think you'll appreciate it 💜 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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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 💔 3mo
Cinfhen Sounds really heartbreaking 💔 gorgeous photo 3mo
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rockpools I kind of want to read this again already. 3mo
BarbaraBB @batsy It is from page 1 indeed. And it keeps that way. But so good! 3mo
BarbaraBB @rockpools I can totally see why! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It is very good. Shall I send you my copy? 3mo
vivastory Terrific review! Looking forward to reading it 3mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory It‘s heartbreaking. I hope you‘ll get to it. 3mo
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful - stacked. 3mo
sarahbarnes Can‘t wait to get to this one - it‘s on my library pile. Great review. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘d love that, Barbara but no need to rush it. Thanks for the offer xx 3mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @sarahbarnes You‘ll both love it too when you get to it. No doubt about it! 🤍 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘m happy to send it! 3mo
Cinfhen You‘re the best, thank you!! 3mo
Simona I found the structure of this story incredible smart and effective. 3mo
Librarybelle Stacking! 3mo
Cortg And I just put a library hold on it! 3mo
LeeRHarry Have this one on my radar- glad you enjoyed it 😊 3mo
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. 3mo
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Lindy
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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. 3mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes Enjoy! 3mo
Simona Indeed, she is unforgettable character. I loved it too. 3mo
Lindy @Simona 👯 3mo
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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 💔 3mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Indeed. I could identify with the character in this passage. 3mo
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Simona
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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! 4mo
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shawnmooney Powerful and bleak and recommended by Simona? SOLD! 😃 4mo
Simona Thank you @Librarybelle 4mo
Simona @shawnmooney I hope that you will like it 🤞 4mo
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Simona
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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 😊 5mo
mhillis Great books!!! 5mo
Cinfhen I like the lava lamp 🤩😁how are you liking 5mo
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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 ❤️ 5mo
Simona @mhillis I hope that they are great! I‘m currently reading Elena Knows, and so far I really like it. 5mo
Cinfhen Thank you 😘 5mo
Cinfhen Did you like Cultish?? I think Amanda Montell is brilliant 5mo
Simona I liked it very much! … and finally I have the answer for the why I hate organised/group exercises so much 😘 5mo
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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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