Books by Claire Messud

Claire Messud is a writer of fiction, primarily novels, and the author, most recently, of The Hunters (Harcourt, 2001), a collection of two novellas. Her two previous novels are When the World Was Steady (Granta Books, 1995) and The Last Life (Harcourt Br


THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2013

"Brilliant and terrifying."
A self-described "good girl" lifts her mask in Messud's scarifying new novel (The Emperor's Children, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR’S CHILDREN by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2006

"Intelligent, evocative and unsparing."
A stinging portrait of life among Manhattan's junior glitterati. Read full book review >
THE HUNTERS by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"As smart as they are affecting, these stories aren't novels: it's in their brevity that they loom so large."
Forgive Messud (The Last Life, 1999, etc.) for subtitling this set of novellas "two short novels," and reject the impulse to make sense of the juxtaposition of two beautiful tales of people contending with solitude: each story succeeds in standing alone. Read full book review >
THE LAST LIFE by Claire Messud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A broad canvas, unflinching and clear eye for the truth, and a family tale that never fails to compel and that reverberates universally, as a fine saga should."
Messud returns (When the World Was Steady, 1995; not reviewed) capably indeed, with an intelligent coming-of-ager about a teenaged girl half-American and half—Algerian-French. Read full book review >