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Product details

  • Paperback: 459 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; Lrg edition (4 March 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594137285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594137280
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
  • Customer Reviews: 3.3 out of 5 stars645 customer ratings

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

"An extraordinary novelist.... Messud's ending is a triumph, pitch perfect. Nora's frustration is grating, the way real-life frustration is. But in this novel, frustration makes way for something new, something beautiful."
--"The Gazette"

"A compelling new cerebral melodrama.... Messud is a sharp, nuanced storyteller.... Messud's Nora is an original--a caustic vessel for exploring obsession, dependence, loneliness and creative expression.... The novel's resolution...packs a quiet, shocking, but satisfying wallop."
--"Maclean's"

"In Nora, Messud has produced a clear-eyed, unsentimental and compelling portrait of an ordinary person quietly revealing their faults, uncertainties and insecurities.... Messud is a breathtaking writer--exemplified in the way she brings even the most peripheral characters to life in one swift, all-encompassing stroke.... "The Woman Upstairs" is ultimately a beautiful--and beautifully sustained--howl of fresh, fierce, furious rage."
--"The Independent"

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED 2013 - Scotiabank Giller Prize

"An extraordinary novelist.... Messud's ending is a triumph, pitch perfect. Nora's frustration is grating, the way real-life frustration is. But in this novel, frustration makes way for something new, something beautiful."
--"The Gazette"

"A compelling new cerebral melodrama.... Messud is a sharp, nuanced storyteller.... Messud's Nora is an original--a caustic vessel for exploring obsession, dependence, loneliness and creative expression.... The novel's resolution...packs a quiet, shocking, but satisfying wallop."
--"Maclean's"

"In Nora, Messud has produced a clear-eyed, unsentimental and compelling portrait of an ordinary person quietly revealing their faults, uncertainties and insecurities.... Messud is a breathtaking writer--exemplified in the way she brings even the most peripheral characters to life in one swift, all-encompassing stroke.... "The Woman Upstairs" is ultimately a beautiful--and beautifully sustained--howl of fresh, fierce, furious rage."
--"The Independent"

About the Author

CLAIRE MESSUD's last novel, "The Emperor's Children," was a "New York Times," "Los Angeles Times "and "Washington Post" Best Book of the Year, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her first novel, "When the World Was Steady," and her book of novellas, "The Hunters," were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her second novel, "The Last Life," won Britain's Encore Award. Her short fiction has been included in the" Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories," edited by Jane Urquhart. Raised in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, where she attended the Toronto French School and UTS, Messud was a judge for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her family.

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