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All Yours – Claudia Pineiro

AllYours Now and again a surprising little gem comes along.  This summer it has to be All Yours by Claudia Piñeiro (translated by Miranda France) published by Bitter Lemon Press.  A novella rather than a full length novel, All Yours certainly packs a punch with its tale of infidelity leading to murder.

Kicking off with narration from Inés, the wife, this is compulsive reading.  She takes you straight into the heart of the problem and her identification of the symptoms in her marriage (in the bedroom).  Her tone intrigues.  Could she be highly perceptive and a little sarcastic in her recollections?  Or is she so obsessed with the values drummed into her by her mother that she is deluded?  We know the symptoms but can we have confidence in the accuracy of her diagnosis and treatment selection?

When Inés follows her husband Ernesto she sees an unfortunate accident and a death.  She decides that to protect her marriage and her family life she must don the armour plating of strategic support and take control and direct the situation.  In doing so, Inés sets off a row of falling dominoes where nothing is really as she imagines and no one responds as she expects.  The result is pure tragedy.

Piñeiro’s style marries the unreliable narration of Inés with telephone conversations of her daughter Lali to other parties, and with after the fact reports from an investigation.  All work well together to build to a curdling denouement.  Piñeiro gives us characters who will remain in the mind long after reading: Inés, Lali, Ernesto, and Inés’s mother who never appears in a scene but is only mentioned.

Sometimes the package may be smaller but the contents deliver very strong liquor.  All Yours is all that in book form.

To be published on August 4, available on Amazon.  More about the book and the author on the publisher’s site.

7 comments on “All Yours – Claudia Pineiro

  1. Margot Kinberg
    July 10, 2011

    Rhian – Thanks as always for this review. Such a great reminder that a book doesn’t need to be doorstop-size to be a compelling read.

  2. Norm
    July 10, 2011

    Rhian, Claudia Pineiro’s Thursday Night Widows was brilliant so I am looking forward to this one especially after your review. Very strong liquor is always welcome.

  3. crimeficreader
    July 10, 2011

    And this one makes me want to seek out Thursday Night Widows too! Thanks, Norm.

  4. crimeficreader
    July 10, 2011

    Thanks, Margot.

  5. Maxine
    October 2, 2011

    Just finished it. Brilliant! Loved it (talk about black humour, though).

    • crimeficreader
      October 2, 2011

      Ah, I think you saw the same in it that I did, Maxine… (Wondering if that might make it more of a women’s book, after Norm’s comments.)

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