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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.

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All the Days and Nights (1995)
William Maxwell
"Scrupulously executed, moving landscapes of America's twentieth century."
The Taxi Queue
The Taxi Queue (2007)
Janet Davey
"She has an acute eye for the hairline faults that will ultimately hinder daily life."
Girl Trouble
Girl Trouble (2009)
Holly Goddard Jones
"Holly Goddard Jones is blessed with wisdom beyond her years. A gimlet eye, and an enviable literary talent... A fierce and exhilerating achievement."

The Sentimentalists (2009)
Johanna Skibsrud
"Johanna Skibsrud's remarkable debut is a novel at once lyrical and frank, the resonantly layered portrait of a man, a family and a place that will stay with you long after you read the last page."

The Last Illusion (2014)
Porochista Khakpour
"Utterly original The Last Illusion weaves Iranian myth with contemporary American neurosis to create a bittersweet poetry all its own."

The Painted Ocean (2016)
Gabriel Packard
"The Painted Ocean is an unsettling and unforgettable book."

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