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  • The Burning Girl | Claire Messud

    The Burning Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett
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    A bracing, hypnotic, coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children. 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "This was a waste of time"
  • The Woman Upstairs | Claire Messud

    The Woman Upstairs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    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. He and his parents - dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar and professor at the École Normale Supérleure; and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist - have come to Boston for Skandar to take up a fellowship at Harvard.

    Beth Anne says: "Disturbing, Frustrating, Messed Up and AWESOME!"
  • The Emperor's Children: A Novel | Claire Messud

    The Emperor's Children: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    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 dropout cousin, who is just the catalyst the three friends need to start making significant changes in their lives.

    Diane says: "Suzanne Toren a makes a good book great"
  • When the World Was Steady | Claire Messud

    When the World Was Steady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Shiromi Arserio
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    Originally published in 1994, When the World Was Steady is award-winning author Claire Messud's first novel.

  • Thalia Book Club: Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs | Claire Messud

    Thalia Book Club: Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Meghan O'Rourke, Patricia Kalember
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    The New York Times best-selling author of the literary page-turner The Emperor's Children discusses her richly drawn new novel, The Woman Upstairs, with Meghan O'Rourke (The Long Goodbye). Her latest release is a riveting compulsively readable (and listenable) confession of a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Mass, drawn into the complex world of her new neighbors - a Lebanese scholar and professor of Ethical History, his glamorous Italian artist wife, and their son.

  • The Burning Girl | Claire Messud

    The Burning Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett
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    Julia Robinson and Cassie Burnes 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: while Julia comes from a stable, happy middle-class family, Cassie never knew her father, who died when she was an infant, and has an increasingly tempestuous relationship with her single mother, Bev.

  • Thalia Book Club: Claire Messud's 'The Emperor's Children' | Claire Messud

    Thalia Book Club: Claire Messud's 'The Emperor's Children'

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Valerie Martin, Hope Davis
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    Claire Messud discusses her New York Times Best Book of 2006 with fellow novelist Valerie Martin. The Emperor's Children is a brilliant contemporary novel of manners that puts under a magnifying glass the flawed ambitions of three college friends on the verge of their 30s, trying to make a place for themselves in New York. To set the tone for this enticing discussion, actress Hope Davis reads an excerpt from the book.

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