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Claire Messud


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Claire Messud is an American novelist and literature and creative writing professor. She is best known as the author of the 2006 novel The Emperor's Children.

Awards: RSL (2000)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
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Novels
   When the World Was Steady (1994)
   The Last Life (1999)
   The Emperor's Children (2006)
   The Woman Upstairs (2013)
   The Burning Girl (2017)
   A Dream Life (2022)
   This Strange Eventful History (2024)
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Anthologies edited
   Ploughshares Summer 2016 (2016) (with James Wood)
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Claire Messud recommends
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Last House (2024)
Jessica Shattuck
"Ambitious in its historical sweep yet intimate in its portrayal of a family's trials, Jessica Shattuck's moving new novel brings to life the '50s and '60s in America in such a way that we feel powerfully their contemporary relevance. Last House is utterly compelling."
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The Limits (2024)
Nell Freudenberger
"Nell Freudenberger proves yet again a masterful novelist, deftly painting her characters' interwoven lives against the backdrop of our tumultuous times. Rich, nuanced and compelling, The Limits is a deeply satisfying novel."
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My Friends (2024)
Hisham Matar
"Hisham Matar's My Friends recounts an exile's life shattered by violence, yet sustained, fiercely if complicatedly, by friendship. An unforgettable novel - wise, urgent, and profound - from one of our era's great writers."

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Awards
2000 Encore Award : The Last Life

Award nominations
2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (nominee) : The Burning Girl
2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (nominee) : The Woman Upstairs
2006 Booker Prize (longlist) : The Emperor's Children
1996 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : When the World Was Steady


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