Biography

Claire Messud

Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The author of six previous works of fiction, including her most recent novel, THE BURNING GIRL, Messud lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

Claire Messud

Books by Claire Messud

by Claire Messud - Fiction

Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship. THE BURNING GIRL is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality.

by Claire Messud - Fiction

Now in her late 30s, Nora Eldridge, a childless, unmarried third-grade teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has given up her dream of becoming a great artist. But when videomaker Sirena Shahid and her husband and eight-year-old son arrive from Paris for a year abroad, they rekindle Nora’s long-dormant passions and instill hope that her fantasy is still attainable. THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS is a quiet novel of resentment and of the perils of fast friendship.