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Claire Messud
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Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, When the World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and her second novel, The Last Life, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor’s Choice at The Village Voice. All four books were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Messud has been awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

Claire Messud is represented by Random House Speakers Bureau (www.rhspeakers.com).

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Atonement

Written by Ian McEwan
Introduction by Claire Messud


Format: Hardcover, 424 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $25.00

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Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

The Emperor's Children

Written by Claire Messud


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 2006
Price: $11.99

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The Emperor's Children

Written by Claire Messud


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 26, 2007
Price: $15.95

The Emperor’s Children is a richly drawn, brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortune—about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their way—and not—in New York City. In this tour de force, the celebrated author Claire Messud brings to life a city... Read more >
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When the World Was Steady

Written by Claire Messud


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 2011
Price: $11.99

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When the World Was Steady

Written by Claire Messud


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $15.95

In this highly acclaimed novel by the author of The Emperor’s Children, life isn’t all Emmy and Virginia Simpson might have hoped. When Emmy’s marriage to an Australian man ends, she flees her home in Sydney for the tropical paradise of Bali to “find herself”—only to become embroiled with an eclectic... Read more >
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The Woman Upstairs

Written by Claire Messud


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $15.00

Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family—dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza—draws her into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond... Read more >

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The Woman Upstairs

Written by Claire Messud


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $25.95

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children, a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own.

Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful... Read more >

The Woman Upstairs

Written by Claire Messud


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $10.99

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