A Little Luck

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$16.95  $15.76
Charco Press
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4.9 X 7.7 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Born in Buenos Aires in 1960, Claudia Piñeiro is a best-selling author, known internationally for her crime novels. She has won numerous national and international prizes, including the Pepe Carvalho Prize, the LiBeraturpreis for Elena Knows and the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for Las grietas de Jara (A Crack in the Wall). Many of her novels have been adapted for the big screen, including Elena Knows (out on Netflix in Nov 2023). Piñeiro is the third most translated Argentinean author, after Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar. She's also a playwright and scriptwriter (including Netflix popular series El Reino). Her novel Elena Knows was shortlisted was shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize.Frances Riddle has translated numerous Spanish-language authors including Isabel Allende, Claudia Piñeiro, Leila Guerriero, and Sara Gallardo. Her translation of Theatre of War by Andrea Jeftanovic was granted an English PEN Award in 2020. Her work has appeared in journals such as Granta, Electric Literature, and The White Review, among others. She holds a BA in Spanish Language Literature from Louisiana State University and an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Buenos Aires. In 2022, Frances' translation of Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize. Originally from Houston, Texas she lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"A striking meditation on loss and the search for home." --Publishers Weekly

"A moving story about the courage to face the past and earn a chance at redemption." --Kirkus

"Piñeiro excels at creating poignant, emotive fiction which aims for both heart and head." --Jeremy Garber, Powell's Bookshop

"I highly recommend A Little Luck by Claudia Piñeiro." --Harvard Bookstore

Praise for Claudia Piñeiro

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