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Messud, Claire 1966-

Overview
Works: 41 works in 371 publications in 17 languages and 15,378 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Bildungsromans  Domestic fiction  History  Romance fiction  Exhibition catalogs  Political fiction  Juvenile works  Novels 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3563.E8134, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Claire Messud
 
Most widely held works by Claire Messud
The emperor's children by Claire Messud( Book )

94 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 15 languages and held by 3,632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: 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, a generation, and the way we live in this moment
The woman upstairs : a novel by Claire Messud( Book )

56 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 3,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

30 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 2,112 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 )

37 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 1,187 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( )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 944 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 868 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 hunters : two short novels by Claire Messud( Book )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 853 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 woman upstairs by Claire Messud( Recording )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 824 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 )

23 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in English and held by 687 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 burning girl : a novel by Claire Messud( Recording )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 580 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
Alice Neel : drawings and watercolors 1927-1978 by Alice Neel( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 139 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 94 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 86 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"--
When the world was steady : a novel by Claire Messud( Recording )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 43 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
Une histoire simple ; (suivi de) Les chasseurs : deux romans by Claire Messud( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 32 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 )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 16 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
The professor's history by Claire Messud( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La donna del martedì : romanzo by Claire Messud( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in Italian and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claire Messud: The woman upstairs by Claire Messud( )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Known for her deft ability to conjure the lives and mores of radically different characters, Claire Messud is "a writer of near-miraculous perfection" (New York Times). Her books include When the World Was Steady, The Hunters, and The Last Life -- all New York Times Notable Books of the Year -- and The Emperor's Children, a cutting portrait of life among Manhattan's junior intelligentsia that was long-listed for the Booker Prize. A PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, she is the recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships, as well as the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In her new book, a consistent friend and tidy neighbor is transformed by desire for a world beyond her own
Anne Peretz : paintings by Anne Peretz( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The last lifeThe emperor's childrenDavid Golder ; The ball ; Snow in autumn ; The Courilof affairThe hunters : two short novelsWhen the world was steadyUne histoire simple ; (suivi de) Les chasseurs : deux romansThe professor's history
Alternative Names
Claire Messud American writer

Claire Messud Amerikaans schrijfster

Claire Messud escritora estadounidense

Claire Messud US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

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