Book Review: Elena Knows

“Elena Knows” by Claudia Piñeiro is a masterpiece. A short, tense, thrilling story that hooks you from beginning to end.

Who killed Rita? Elena is in her mid-sixties but you’d think she was much older due yo the damage that Parkinson has inflicted on her. When her only daughter and caretaker, Rita dies, she can’t accept suicide as an answer and goes on looking for her daughter’s killers despite her mobility issues. But more than that this is a story about motherhood and society’s attempt to justify taking autonomy over one’s own body from women. About the ways we navigate in this world trying to claim our body for us. In my opinion, this is one of the best books ever written. Periodt.

Author: Carla Hafez

Reader of mostly literary fiction and own-voices fiction. Latina. Feminist. Amateur reviewer. Opinionated. Unapologetically progressive. Mom. Wife. Believer.

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