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Claire Messud      

Novelist and Literature and Creative writing professor. Author of "The Emperor's Children"

Claire Messud was educated at Cambridge and Yale. Her first novel, "When the World Was Steady," and her most recent book, "The Hunters," were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; her second novel, "The Last Life," was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor's Choice at The Village Voice. All three of her books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Radcliffe Fellowship, and is the current recipient of the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

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The Last Life

The Emperor's Children

When the World Was Steady

The Woman Upstairs


Interview: Claire Messud, Author Of 'The Woman Upstairs' : NPR

"Women's anger is very scary to people," author Claire Messud says. Her new novel, The Woman Upstairs, features a seething main character, a young woman  ...

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