Claire Messud

1 The Woman Upstairs

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-04-30
Description :  Told with urgency, intimacy, and piercing emotion, this&#xa0;<i>New York Times&#xa0;</i>bestselling novel is the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and abandoned by a desire for a world beyond her own.<br /><br />Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family—dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza—draws her into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond her boundaries, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.<br /><br /><b>A&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;<i>Book Review</i>&#xa0;Notable Book •&#xa0;A&#xa0;<i>Washington Post&#xa0;</i>Top Ten Book of the Year •&#xa0;A<i>&#xa0;Chicago Tribune</i>&#xa0;Noteworthy Book •&#xa0;A&#xa0;<i>Huffington Post</i>&#xa0;Best Book • A&#xa0;<i>Boston Globe</i>Best Book of the Year •&#xa0;A&#xa0;<i>Kirkus</i>&#xa0;Best Fiction Book • A Goodreads Best Book</b>

2 The Burning Girl: A Novel

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2017-08-29
Description :  A New York Times Bestseller<br /> A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist<br /><br /> 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.<br /><br />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 Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality—crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence.<br /><br />Claire Messud, one of our finest novelists, is as accomplished at weaving a compelling fictional world as she is at asking the big questions: To what extent can we know ourselves and others? What are the stories we create to comprehend our lives and relationships? Brilliantly mixing fable and coming-of-age tale, The Burning Girl gets to the heart of these matters in an absolutely irresistible way.

3 When the World Was Steady: A Novel

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-08-29
Description :  A PEN/Faulkner Award finalist about two sisters’ divergent paths, from the author of The Burning Girl and The Emperor’s Children.<br /><br />In this highly acclaimed novel, life isn’t all Emmy and Virginia Simpson anticipated. When Emmy’s marriage ends, she flees her home in Sydney to “find herself” on the island of Bali—only to become embroiled with a crew of international misfits and smugglers. Her prim and pious sister Virginia, meanwhile, has never wandered far outside of London. Struggling to find meaning, Virginia follows her aging mother’s advice to vacation on the Isle of Skye. On these two islands halfway around the world, the middle-aged sisters confront the costs of self-knowledge and their destinies with unexpected consequences.

4 The Last Life

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Family 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2000-09-28
Description :  <b>A “mesmerizing” novel of a family falling apart by the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Burning Girl</i>.</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Set in colonial Algeria, the south of France, and New England, and narrated by a fifteen-year-old girl with a ruthless regard for the truth, <i>The Last Life</i> 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, and a father whose act of defiance brings Hotel Bellevue—the family business—to its knees.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> From the PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated author of <i>The Emperor’s Children</i>, named one of the best books of the year by the <i>New York Times Book Review</i>, this novel skillfully reveals how the stories we tell ourselves, and the lies to which we cling, can turn on us in a moment.<br /><br /> “A phenomenally controlled tour de force&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. Every step feels stunningly sure.” —<i>Vogue</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Haunting and evocative&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. Messud’s is a novel rich in detail and warmly conveyed.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. In its beautiful last pages, connections become crystalline, showing how we are linked in ways far deeper than religion, nationality or even blood-lines can delineate.” —<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Remarkable&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. Messud has written a very serious book—always original, intense, and gripping.” —<i>The New York Review of Books</i><br /><br /> Claire Messud was born in the United States in 1966. She was educated at Yale and Cambridge. Her novels include <i>When the World Was Steady</i>, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1996, and <i>The Last Life</i>, which was widely praised and has been translated into several languages.

5 The Hunters

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2002-08-26
Description :  <b>This pair of novellas, Claire Messud’s third published work, is true to her most respected form: here the inner lives of women are revealed with precision and “piercing authenticity” (<i>New York Times</i>).</b><br /><br /> "A Simple Tale" is the moving account of Maria Poniatowski, an aging Ukrainian woman who was taken by the Germans for slave labor and eventually relocated to Canada as a displaced person. She struggles to provide her son Radek with every opportunity, but his eventual success increases the gulf between him and his mother. What of the past is she to preserve, and how to avoid letting the weight of that past burden the present? Maria's story is about the moments of connection and isolation that are common to us all.<br /><br /> "The Hunters," the second novella, is narrated by an American academic spending a summer in London who grows obsessed by the neighbors downstairs. Ridley Wandor, a plump and insipid caretaker of the elderly, lives with her ever-unseen mother and a horde of pet rabbits she calls "the hunters." While the narrator researches a book about death, all of Ridley Wandor's patients are dying. Loneliness breeds an active imagination. Is having such an imagination always destructive? Or can it be strong enough to create a new reality?<br /> &#xa0;

6 When Memory Comes

Author : Saul Friedländer, Helen R. Lane & Claire Messud
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Religion & Spirituality  Judaism  History 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2016-11-08
Description :  <b>A classic of Holocaust literature, the eloquent, acclaimed memoir of childhood by a Pulitzer-winning historian, now reissued with a new introduction by Claire Messud</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> Four months before Hitler came to power, Saul Friedländer was born in Prague to a middle-class Jewish family. In 1939, seven-year-old Saul and his family were forced to flee to France, where they lived through the German Occupation, until his parents' ill-fated attempt to flee to Switzerland. They were able to hide their son in a Roman Catholic seminary before being sent to Auschwitz where they were killed. After an imposed religious conversion, young Saul began training for priesthood. The birth of Israel prompted his discovery of his Jewish past and his true identity. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> Friedländer brings his story movingly to life, shifting between his Israeli present and his European past with grace and restraint. His keen eye spares nothing, not even himself, as he explores the ways in which the loss of his parents, his conversion to Catholicism, and his deep-seated Jewish roots combined to shape him into the man he is today. Friedländer's retrospective view of his journey of grief and self-discovery provides readers with a rare experience: a memoir of feeling with intellectual backbone, in equal measure tender and insightful.

7 The Use of Man

Author : Aleksandar Tisma, Bernard Johnson & Claire Messud
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Historical 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-11-11
Description :  <i>The Use of Man </i>starts with an unexpected discovery. World War II is ending. Sredoje Lazukić has been fighting all through it. Now, as one of the victorious Partisans, he has come home to Novi Sad. He visits the house he grew up in. Strangers nervously show him around. He looks up the mother of Milinko, his best friend. Milinko’s girlfriend, Vera, was the daughter of a Jew, a bookish businessman. Her house stands empty and open. Venturing in, Sredoje is surprised to find the diary of the German tutor that Milinko, Vera, and he all shared, Fräulein, who died on the operating table just before the war. Here, however, in a cheap notebook in Vera’s old room, is a record of Fräulein’s lonely days, with the sentimental caption <i>Poésie</i>. . . .<br /><br />The diary survived. Sredoje survived. Vera and Milinko have survived too. But what survives? A few years back Sredoje, Vera, and Milinko were teenagers, struggling to make sense of life. Life, they now know, can be more bitter than death. <br /><br />A work of stark poetry and illimitable sadness, <i>The Use of Man</i> is one of the great books of the 20th century.

8 Ploughshares Summer 2016 Guest-Edited by Claire Messud & James Wood

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2016-07-15
Description :  The Summer 2016 issue of Ploughshares. Ploughshares is an award-winning journal of new writing. Two out of each year's three issues are guest-edited by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles, with the Winter issue staff-edited.<br /> This 45th anniversary issue, guest edited by novelist Claire Messud and literary critic James Wood, includes new work from Viet Thanh Nguyen (winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize), Lydia Davis, Carys Davies, and more. In their introduction, Messud and Wood write: “No matter its form, we sought to include fiction that is vivid, vital and urgent." Ranging from realism to allegory to experimental, the work in this issue highlights the amazing breadth of capabilities of the short story.<br /> This issue is dedicated to Daniel Aaron (1912-2016), a longtime friend, consultant, and former <i>Ploughshares </i>Trustee, who presided over our formal affiliation with Emerson College in 1989.

9 The Emperor's Children

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Family 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2006-08-29
Description :  A bestselling, masterful novel 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.<br /><br />There is beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaite—an “It” girl finishing her first book; the daughter of&#xa0;Murray Thwaite,&#xa0;celebrated&#xa0;intellectual and&#xa0;journalist—and her two closest friends from Brown, Danielle, a quietly appealing television producer, and Julius, a&#xa0;cash-strapped freelance critic. The delicious complications that arise among them become dangerous when Murray’s nephew, Frederick “Bootie” Tubb, an idealistic college dropout determined to make his mark, comes to town. As the skies darken, it is Bootie’s unexpected decisions—and their stunning, heartbreaking outcome—that will change each of their lives forever.<br /><br />A richly drawn, brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortune—of innocence and experience, seduction and self-invention; of ambition, including literary ambition; of glamour, disaster, and promise—The Emperor’s Children&#xa0;is a tour de force that brings to life a city, a generation, and the way we live in this moment.<br /><br />A&#xa0;<i>New York Times Book Review&#xa0;</i>Best Book of the Year<i><br /></i>

10 De kinderen van de keizer

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2011-05-18
Description :  In het Manhattan van net na de millenniumwisseling zijn drie dertigers op zoek naar het ware geluk. Het zijn Danielle, een beginnende, terughoudende televisie-producente, die jaagt op het documentaire-idee waarmee ze in één klap haar reputatie kan vestigen. Marina, de beeldschone dochter van een bekende liberale journalist, die om in alle rust te kunnen werken aan de voltooiing van haar eerste boek, intrekt bij haar ouders in het kolossale appartement aan Central Park. En ten slotte Julius, een homoseksuele freelance journalist die vernietigende boekrecensies schrijft en dolgraag een glamoreus New Yorks leven wil leiden zonder al te veel inspanningen.

11 La donna del piano di sopra

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-10-10
Description :  2004, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nora Eldridge, insegnante sulla quarantina, è da tempo scesa a compromessi con il sogno di essere un’artista di successo, una madre e una donna amata. È piuttosto diventata la «donna del piano di sopra», un’amica affidabile ma sempre spettatrice dei successi altrui. Finché nella sua vita arrivano i cosmopoliti Shahid: Reza, un nuovo alunno, un bambino di otto anni che sembra uscito da una fiaba, e i suoi genitori, Selene, artista italiana di grande fascino, e Skandar, professore libanese. Claire Messud possiede un talento sicuro nel creare suspense e ambiguità, nel tenere il lettore con il fiato sospeso da una pagina all’altra, avvolgendolo nella stessa rete leggera, impalpabile, in cui la coppia di intellettuali anticonformisti d’oltreoceano imprigiona l’ingenua Nora. Come nei romanzi di Henry James, l’americana «innocente» si fa sedurre dagli europei «diabolici»: il risultato è una storia ad alta tensione psicologica dal ben congegnato finale choc.

12 Kvinnan på övervåningen

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-04-04
Description :  Hur förbannad är jag? Det vill du inte veta. Det vill ingen veta något om. Nora Eldridge är fyrtiotvå år och lågstadielärare i Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hon lever ensam. På dagarna tröstar hon andras barn, på helgerna besöker hon sin gamle far. Nora är pålitlig och ansvarstagande, kommer alltid i tid, har alltid ett vänligt ord att säga. En gång i tiden drömde hon om ett annat slags liv, där skapande och utveckling stod i centrum. Men åren gick. En dag kommer en ny elev, den vackre och begåvade Reza, till klassen. Pojkens pappa Skandar är professor, hans mamma Sirena är konstnär. De är intellektuella och glamorösa, allt som Nora en gång velat vara. Mötet med familjen blir omvälvande och utvecklas till en förälskelse som skakar hela hennes tillvaro i grunden. De har alla – pojken, mannen, kvinnan – något som hon plötsligt inte kan leva utan och genom Sirena hittar hon tillbaka till konsten och verkliga, bultande känslor. Det blir ett år i hennes liv som förändrar allt. Och precis när hon är som mest sårbar, vidöppen för livet och redo att leva det, inträffar katastrofen. Claire Messud har skrivit en mästerlig och fängslande roman som tar läsaren i anspråk från första meningen. Noras monolog är laddad med en explosiv kraft. Det handlar om kvinnlighet och skapande, om det pris konsten betingar och om vår längtan efter förvandling.

13 La donna del martedì

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2015-04-16
Description :  Quando, la mattina di un martedì, Maria entra come sempre nell’appartamento di Mrs Ellington per fare le pulizie, e vede la striscia di sangue che imbratta la parete dall’ingresso alla camera da letto, pensa che sia arrivata la fine. Invece trova la vecchia signora addormentata nel suo grande letto, con le spalle appoggiate a tre cuscini e coperte dalla liseuse di lana rosa, in perfetta salute. La routine può riprendere intatta: Mrs Ellington e il lavoro del martedì sono sempre state l’unica realtà sicura, in mezzo alla tempesta delle relazioni di Maria con il figlio, la nuora e i nipoti; anche dopo esser stata licenziata a male parole dalla scorbutica signora, e poi richiamata in servizio grazie alla mediazione di una figlia preoccupata più per sé che non per la madre, Maria ha ripreso a frequentare la casa di Mrs Ellington tutti i martedì, sedendosi in salotto con la tazza di tè che la padrona di casa serve immancabilmente alla domestica. Ma la scoperta di quella striscia di sangue sulla parete rende le cose più difficili, e la routine rischia di sparire, come tutto il resto intorno a Maria, rimasta sola a fare i conti con un passato molto ingombrante, dall’Europa in guerra al Canada, dalla vedovanza precoce ai contrasti con il figlio, un percorso che rischia di soffocare con il suo peso anche il presente. «La donna del martedì», come «la donna del piano di sopra» del fortunato, eponimo romanzo della Messud, deve fare i conti con la delusione, la frustrazione e la solitudine conseguenze di un marcato senso del dovere e del sacrificio: due storie diversissime, che hanno in comune protagoniste femminili troppo generose di sé, e lo stile sicuro di un’autrice di successo.

14 La paura del desiderio

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2016-06-23
Description :  «<i>Molto ben congegnato... Messud possiede un’intelligenza letteraria di gran lunga superiore alla maggior parte degli scrittori della sua generazione</i>».<br /><b>«San Francisco Chronicle»</b><br /><br />«<i>Il talento particolare di Claire Messud sta nella capacità di tratteggiare i contorni dell’esilio del mondo interiore</i>».<br /><b>«Chicago Tribune»</b><br /><br />«<i>Un mistero neovittoriano, anche se forse solo nella mente del narratore, senza nome e senza genere, insegnante statunitense a Londra per un anno sabbatico, che nutre un’ossessione per una strana donna che abita al piano di sotto. La paura del desiderio segue uno scenario particolare: la giovane donna sembra essere sia carnefice sia vittima di un omicidio. Finisci il romanzo e vorresti che continuasse ancora</i>».<br /><b>«Booklist»</b><br /><br />«<i>Un interessante protagonista che non sa decidere che cosa cercare nella vita, se l'immobilità o la confusione. Interessante anche il dilemma del narratore, incapace di non odiare l'amichevole vicina del piano di sotto</i>».<br /><b>The New Yorker</b><br /><br />È un’estate torrida, a Londra. Chi racconta in prima persona sta facendo una ricerca sulla morte nella letteratura tra il Settecento e l’Ottocento. Deve anche elaborare il lutto per una relazione finita male. E vuole stare per conto suo, tra la biblioteca e il piccolo, confortevole appartamento che ha affittato in un quartiere non proprio elegante. La donna brutta, sgraziata e invadente che suona alla porta presentandosi come la vicina del piano di sotto non è quindi gradita. Lo è ancora meno quando racconta della madre inferma, bisognosa di cure assidue, e dei tanti conigli che la vecchia signora alleva con amore. Per fortuna la donna è una badante professionista, abituata agli anziani e ai loro capricci. Dal pavimento, però, cominciano a salire strani rumori, grida, pianti accorati, conversazioni agitate, frasi incomprensibili.<br />E, naturalmente, il tanfo delle bestiole, prigioniere come la figlia devota. <br />Quando questa comincia a raccontare dei suoi assistiti, che muoiono poco dopo averla assunta come badante, per motivi incomprensibili, e a manifestare il timore di essere lei stessa, desiderando la loro morte, a provocarla, la situazione si fa insostenibile. E paura, paranoia e depressione dilagano al piano di sopra. Fino al finale, inaspettatamente realistico.<br />Con grande bravura, e un tour de force narrativo che finora era riuscito solo ad Alice Munro, Claire Messud non rivela il sesso del narratore per tutto il racconto, mantenendo così la suspense ad altissimi livelli. L’autrice di <i>La donna del piano di sopra</i> e <i>La donna del martedì</i> conferma con questo romanzo breve la maestria che ha conquistato l’apprezzamento del pubblico e della critica.

15 Dzieci cesarza

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Theater  Books  Arts & Entertainment 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2017-03-14
Description :  „Będziesz się rozkoszować każdą stroną”. <i>Washington Post</i><br /> Troje trzydziestolatków w przededniu wydarzeń z 11 września 2001 roku.<br /> <b>Danielle</b>, producentka telewizyjna, marzy o pracy przy ambitnych projektach, tymczasem zajmuje się takimi tematami jak liposukcja.<br /> <b>Julius</b> jest krytykiem literackim i choć kreuje się na znaną osobistość, w rzeczywistości dorabia jako pomoc biurowa.<br /> <b>Marina</b>, chociaż otrzymała lukratywny kontrakt na książkę, wraca na garnuszek rodziców, bez pracy i z niedokończonym maszynopisem.<br /> W tym momencie w ich życiu pojawiają się Ludovic Seeley, wydawca i człowiek bezwzględny, oraz Bootie, kuzyn Mariny, naiwnie przekonany, że przybył do miasta, w którym wszyscy odnoszą sukces.<br /> "Książkę czyta się znakomicie”. <i>Gazeta Krakowska</i><br /> „Powieści Claire Messud czyta się jak w transie i wierzy w każde słowo. Te historie musiały się wydarzyć, to nie może być fikcja”.&#xa0; Piotr Zachara, <i>Elle</i><br /> „Monumentalne <i>Dzieci cesarza</i> zawierają w sobie wszystko to, co powinno się znajdować w wielkiej prozie. Są zapisem dziejowego i generacyjnego przełomu.” Marta Mizuro, <i>Zwierciadło</i>

16 Girl Talk

Author : Jacqueline Mroz & Claire Messud
Genre :  Psychology  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Nonfiction  Social Science  Family & Relationships  History 
Release Date :  2018-11-13
Description :  <b>A veteran science reporter's investigation into the fascinating and distinctive nature of women's friendships</b><br /><br />In <i>Girl Talk</i>, <i>New York Times </i>science reporter Jacqueline Mroz takes on the science of female friendship--a phenomenon that's as culturally powerful as it is individually mysterious. She examines friendship from a range of angles, from the historical to the experiential, with a scientific analysis that reveals new truths about what leads us to connect and build alliances, and then "break up" when a friendship no longer serves us. <br /><br />Mroz takes a new look at how friendship has evolved throughout history, showing how friends tend to share more genetic commonalities than strangers, and that the more friends we have, the more empathy and pleasure chemicals are present in our brains. Scientists have also reported that friendship directly influences health and longevity; women with solid, supportive friendships experience fewer "fight or flight" impulses and stronger heart function, and women without friendships tend to develop medical challenges on par with those associated with smoking and excessive body weight. <br /><br /> With intimate reporting and insightful analysis, Mroz reveals new awareness about the impact of women's friendships, and how they shape our culture at large.

17 La ragazza che brucia

Author : Claire Messud
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Release Date :  2018-05-31
Description :  «<i>Messud è una narratrice eccezionale. Con la sua prosa amplifica e illumina il sentimento che lega le due protagoniste del romanzo. </i>»<br /><b>Los Angeles Times</b><br /><br />«<i>Messud è una maestra dell’introspezione psicologica. Un mystery ad alta tensione, in perfetto equilibrio tra detto e suggerito. </i>»<br /><b>Chicago Tribune</b><br /><br />«<i>Claire Messud è la scrittrice contemporanea che meglio esplora l’impalpabile transizione dall’infanzia all’adolescenza. </i>»<br /><b>The Wall Street Journal</b><br /><br />«<i>I personaggi di questa autrice sfuggono a ogni caratterizzazione e hanno una vita interiore molto sfaccettata e complessa. Claire Messud è arrivata molto prima della Elena Ferrante di L’amica geniale a raccontare storie come questa con insolita intensità. </i>»<br /><b>The New York Times Magazine</b><br /><br />La storia è semplice, almeno in apparenza. Due bambine si frequentano e sono «migliori amiche» fin dall'asilo. A raccontare è una delle due, Julia, in prima persona. Julia appartiene a una buona famiglia della classe media, Cassie a un piccolo nucleo in difficoltà. E questo segnerà la loro amicizia nel passaggio dall'infanzia alla prima adolescenza.<br />Dice Messud, «Crescere significa imparare ad avere paura». Per Julia, crescendo, la paura viene dal mondo esterno, dalle storie di cronaca nera, ragazzine rapite, violentate, nascoste nel seminterrato, uccise; e anche dai comportamenti ostili dei compagni di scuola, o degli insegnanti, o di conoscenti occasionali. Per Cassie invece la paura è dentro casa. Bev, sua madre, infermiera single che cura soprattutto malati cronici e terminali, accetta la corte di un medico, Anders, di aspetto e comportamento inquietanti. Soprattutto per Cassie. Appena adolescente e molto bella, la ragazzina sospetta che quell'uomo abbia deciso di convivere con Bev per stare in realtà vicino a lei, e molestarla.<br />La vita delle due bambine, che negli anni dell'infanzia erano in simbiosi, e facevano giochi e spedizioni avventurose, immaginando e raccontando storie, dando prova di fantasia e coraggio, cambia radicalmente con l’arrivo delle due diverse «paure». E piano piano l'amicizia si sfalda. La vera crisi arriva quando Cassie scompare, e comincia la frenetica caccia della polizia a un'auto sulla quale è stata vista salire.<br />Scrittrice di provata bravura, Claire Messud riesce a trovare un perfetto equilibrio tra una trama che si fa via via più cupa e misteriosa, e il coming of age delle due amiche; tra le fantasie dell'infanzia e i timori o terrori dell'adolescenza. Senza che la narrazione perda consistenza e direzione; e senza che diventi pura suspense o pura speculazione psicologica. Messud dosa, precisa, rivela, trattiene, e la sua scrittura risulta alla fine semplice, elegante, delicata, limpida, anche quando esprime concetti complessi, cita i classici americani, o racconta episodi sottilmente inquietanti. Romanzi come questo possono venir letti a livelli diversi: per chi ama la letteratura sono fonte di vero godimento, per chi semplicemente ama le buone storie anche.



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