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Small Press Fiction Book Club - ELENA KNOWS

Location Lost City Books 2467 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States
Date Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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On Tuesday, May 28th at 7 PM, book lovers in the D.C. area have a compelling reason to head to Lost City Books - the Small Press Fiction Book Club will be discussing the gripping mystery novel Elena Knows by renowned Argentine author Claudia Piñeiro. Translated into English by Frances Riddle, this work published by Charco Press offers readers a unique window into contemporary Latin American literature they may have otherwise missed. The novel centers around the mysterious death of Rita, found deceased in a church she frequented, with the official investigation being suspiciously closed far too quickly. Only Rita's sickly mother remains determined to uncover the truth behind her daughter's demise, launching a difficult journey through the city's suburbs that unravels dark secrets about the characters and insidious societal ills like authoritarianism and hypocrisy. Attendees can expect a lively, thought-provoking discussion analyzing Piñeiro's deft handling of mystery and social commentary, as well as the importance of small presses like Charco in amplifying vital international voices. The novel's translation from Spanish also presents an opportunity to explore the nuances of bringing such a work into English while preserving its cultural essence. With its propulsive plot, piercing social critique, and intimate exploration of grief, Elena Knows is sure to captivate both longtime mystery fans and readers passionate about diverse literature from around the globe. Whether you're already familiar with Piñeiro's celebrated body of work or simply crave an engrossing, perspective-shifting read, this book club event is not to be missed. Secure your spot to experience a transcendent literary journey into the shadows of Argentine society.

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