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Messud, Claire 1966-

Works: 66 works in 471 publications in 18 languages and 15,603 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Romance fiction  Psychological fiction  Bildungsromans  Domestic fiction  History  Exhibition catalogs  Biographies  Political fiction  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, wst, Creator
Classifications: PS3563.E8134, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Claire Messud
Most widely held works by Claire Messud
The emperor's children by Claire Messud( Book )

95 editions published between 2006 and 2019 in 14 languages and held by 3,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three friends on the verge of their thirties--beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaite; Danielle, a quiet TV producer; and Julius, a freelance writer--make their way through New York City, until Marina's idealistic cousin, Bootie, arrives to complicate their lives
The woman upstairs : a novel by Claire Messud( Book )

62 editions published between 2001 and 2020 in 8 languages and held by 3,082 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relegated to the status of schoolteacher after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a Lebanese student and is drawn into the child's family until his mother's ambition leads to betrayal
The burning girl : a novel by Claire Messud( Book )

55 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 2,386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 last life by Claire Messud( Book )

36 editions published between 1999 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about French colonists in Algeria and their difficult adjustment to France after Algerian independence. It is narrated by a girl whose grandfather buys a hotel on the Riviera and forgetting he is no longer in the colonies goes to jail for shooting at rowdy teenagers by a pool
The emperor's children by Claire Messud( )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Friends at Brown University, Marina, Danielle, and Julius are still looking to make their marks as they approach their 30s. Marina lives with her celebrated parents on the Upper West Side while trying to complete her book. TV producer Danielle's success is due to the puff pieces she churns out. Freelance critic Julius can barely make ends meet. Into this mix comes Bootie, Marina's college droupout cousin, who is just the catalyst the three friends need to start making siginificant changes in their lives
David Golder ; The ball ; Snow in autumn ; The Courilof affair by Irène Némirovsky( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of novels by the Russian-born author of Suite Française," who died in Auschwitz in 1942, features David Golder," a parable about greed and loneliness, as well as three novels available in English for the first time
The woman upstairs by Claire Messud( Recording )

14 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the 'woman upstairs', a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies who call him a terrorist, Nora is drawn into the complex world of the Shahid family
When the world was steady by Claire Messud( Book )

31 editions published between 1994 and 2019 in English and French and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle-aged Australian divorcee, whose guiding philosophy is that we make our own happiness, discovers that luck is equally important when she runs into bums who ruin her holiday on Bali
The hunters : two short novels by Claire Messud( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The widely acclaimed author of "The Last Life" offers two extraordinary short novels about isolation: "A Simple Tale", about a Ukrainian woman relocated as a displaced person to Canada, and "The Hunters", following a London scholar who becomes obsessed by the neighbors downstairs
The burning girl : a novel by Claire Messud( Recording )

16 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julie 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. Julie and Cassie have been friends since nursery school
The hunters : two novellas by Claire Messud( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the widely acclaimed author of "The Last Life" come two extraordinary novellas that explore isolation, loneliness, and love. Far-flung settings and universal themes give a sweeping appeal to Claire Messud's work
Alice Neel : drawings and watercolors 1927-1978 by Alice Neel( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978 presents an illuminating overview of the variety of themes and styles employed by the artist across five decades. Published to coincide with an exhibition at David Zwirner in New York, the book contains over sixty color plates organized thematically and includes works selected from throughout her career. In addition, it features essays by the independent curator and writer Jeremy Lewison and the award-winning novelist Claire Messud, as well as a selected chronological biography and illustrated list of works. Although Neel's influences and style changed from decade to decade, her profound commitment to her subjects and to her art remained consistent over the course of her career, and although the appearance of many of her sitters changed over the years, there is a timeless quality to the works."--Publisher's website
Two serious ladies by Jane Bowles( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Christina Goering, eccentric and adventurous, and Frieda Copperfield, anxious but enterprising, are two serious ladies who want to live outside of themselves. Old friends, each will take a surprising path in search of salvation: during a visit to Panama, Mrs. Copperfield abandons her husband, finding solace in a relationship with a teenage prostitute; while Miss Goering, a wealthy spinster, pursues sainthood via sordid encounters with the basest of men. At the end the two women meet again, each radically altered by her experience"--Provided by publisher
The use of man by Aleksandar Tišma( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aleksandar Tisma's The Use of Man is an unsparing and unequaled reckoning with the destruction of human life, self, and being in war, a book about a particular time and place, World War II and the Balkans, but nonetheless for all times. Set on the banks in the multiethnic town of Novi Sad on the Yugoslavian border with Hungary, the novel tracks the intertwined lives of a group of young people, high-school classmates, accustomed to studying and dancing and flirting and gossiping with one another. Then war breaks out, changing everything. Vera, of German background and half Jewish, is sent to a concentration camp; her cousin Sep becomes a Nazi; her boyfriend Milinko, a Serb, joins the resistance. Another friend, Svedoje, triumphs over the mayhem by becoming a killer, pure and simple. And when Vera returns after the war to what remains of the place called home she finds that survival, too, has its dead ends. Tisma is one of the master writers of the twentieth century, a companion to Vasily Grossman, Curzio Malaparte, and Laszlo Krasznahorkai. Writing about the savagery that erupts in war but also about the persistent terror that underlies peace, Tisma, more than any of his peers, speaks directly to the unspeakable cruelty of life. He does so, however, with a composure, with a respect for the singularity of human character and existence, and with bleak beauty that makes his work not only unignorable but essential. The scrupulous archaeologist of the destroyed soul, he restores its fragments to our contemplation with such art and care that we cannot turn aside"--
Marlene Dumas : myths & mortals by Marlene Dumas( Book )

3 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The latest from the renowned painter Marlene Dumas' new works respond more than ever to the uncertainty and sensuality of the painting process itself. Allowing the structure of the canvases and the materiality of the paint greater freedom to inform the development of her compositions, the artist has likened the creation of these works to the act of falling in love: an unpredictable and open-ended process that is as filled with awkwardness and anxiety as it is with bliss and discovery. 'Myths & Mortals' documents a selection of new paintings debuted in the spring of 2018 at David Zwirner, New York ranging from monumental nude figures to intimately scaled canvases that present details of bodily parts and facial features. Several nearly ten-foot-tall paintings focus on individual figures, including a number of male and female nudes and a seemingly solemn bride, whose expression is obscured behind a floor-length veil. Like the Greek gods and goddesses, the figures in these paintings are at once larger than life and overwhelmingly human. The smaller-scale paintings referred to by the artist as erotic landscapes present a variety of fragmentary images: eyes, lips, nipples, or lovers locked in a kiss. Evident across all of these works is the artist's uniquely sensitive treatment of the human form and her constantly evolving experimentation with color and texture"--
When the world was steady : a novel by Claire Messud( )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 crew of international misfits and smugglers. Her sister Virginia, meanwhile, has never wandered far outside of London. Prim and pious, Virginia is struggling to find meaning in her life and her aging mother thinks a visit to the Isle of Skye is just what she needs. On these two islands halfway around the world, the middle-aged sisters confront their lives and their destinies with unexpected consequences
The hunters by Claire Messud( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regroupe deux courts romans : le premier, qui donne son titre au volume, relate l'influence subtile qu'exerce une vieille bonne sur sa vieille patronne ; le second, "Les chasseurs", voit le narrateur, venu étudier à Londres, regarder les marionnettes qui s'agitent derrière les fenêtres, jusqu'au jour où l'une d'entre elles va malgré lui entrer dans sa vie
The last life by Claire Messud( Recording )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrated by a fifteen-year-old girl with a ruthless regard for truth, The Last Life is a beautifully told novel of lies and ghosts, love and honor. Set in colonial Algeria, and in the south of France and New England, it is the tale of the LaBasse family, whose quiet integrity is shattered by the shots from a grandfather's rifle. As their world suddenly begins to crumble, long-hidden shame emerges: a son abandoned by the family before he was even born, a mother whose identity is not what she has claimed, a father whose act of defiance brings Hotel Bellevue-the family business-to its knees. Messud skillfully and inexorably describes how the stories we tell ourselves, and the lies to which we cling, can turn on us in a moment. It is a work of stunning power from a writer to watch
Girl talk : what science can tell us about female friendship by Jacqueline Mroz( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A veteran science reporter's investigation into the fascinating and distinctive nature of women's friendships In Girl Talk, New York Times science reporter Jacqueline Mroz takes on the science of female friendship-a phenomenon that's as culturally powerful as it is individually mysterious. She examines friendship from a range of angles, from the historical to the experiential, with a scientific analysis that reveals new truths about what leads us to connect and build alliances, and then "break up" when a friendship no longer serves us. Mroz takes a new look at how friendship has evolved throughout history, showing how friends tend to share more genetic commonalities than strangers, and that the more friends we have, the more empathy and pleasure chemicals are present in our brains. Scientists have also reported that friendship directly influences health and longevity; women with solid, supportive friendships experience fewer "fight or flight" impulses and stronger heart function, and women without friendships tend to develop medical challenges on par with those associated with smoking and excessive body weight. With intimate reporting and insightful analysis, Mroz reveals new awareness about the impact of women's friendships, and how they shape our culture at large
The hunters by Claire Messud( )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Simple Tale" is the moving account of Maria Poniatowski, an aging Ukrainian woman who was taken by the Germans for slave labor and eventually relocated to Canada as a displaced person. She struggles to provide her son Radek with every opportunity, but his eventual success increases the gulf between him and his mother. What of the past is she to preserve, and how to avoid letting the weight of that past burden the present' Maria's story is about the moments of connection and isolation that are common to us all. "The Hunters," the second novella, is narrated by an American academic spending a summer in London who grows obsessed by the neighbors downstairs. Ridley Wandor, a plump and insipid caretaker of the elderly, lives with her ever-unseen mother and a horde of pet rabbits she calls "the hunters." While the narrator researches a book about death, all of Ridley Wandor's patients are dying. Loneliness breeds an active imagination. Is having such an imagination always destructive' Or can it be strong enough to create a new reality' Far-flung settings and universal themes give a sweeping appeal to Claire Messud's work
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The emperor's children
The last lifeThe emperor's childrenDavid Golder ; The ball ; Snow in autumn ; The Courilof affairWhen the world was steadyThe hunters : two short novelsThe hunters : two novellasThe hunters
Alternative Names
Claire Messud American writer

Claire Messud Amerikaans schrijfster

Claire Messud escriptora estatunidenca

Claire Messud escritora estadounidense

Claire Messud scríbhneoir Meiriceánach

Claire Messud scrittrice statunitense

Claire Messud US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Claire Messud yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija

Messud, Claire

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