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    DescriptionFrom the "New York Times "best-selling author of "The Emperor's Children, " a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own. Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She has instead become the "woman upstairs," a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her life arrives the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids--her new student Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale, and his parents: Skandar, a dashing Lebanese professor who has come to Boston for a fellowship at Harvard, and Sirena, an effortlessly alluring Italian artist. When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies, Nora is drawn deep into the complex world of the Shahid family; she finds herself falling in love with them, separately and together. Nora's happiness explodes her boundaries, and she discovers in herself an unprecedented ferocity--one that puts her beliefs and her sense of self at stake. Told with urgency, intimacy and piercing emotion, this brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill--and the devastating cost--of embracing an authentic life.


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    Title
    The Woman Upstairs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Claire Messud
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 253
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307596901
    ISBN 10: 0307596907
    Classifications

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    DC21: 813.54
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    B&T General Subject: 360
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3563.E8134 W66 2013
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Knopf Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Knopf Publishing Group
    Publication date
    30 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Claire Messud's most recent novel, "The Emperor's Children, "was a "New York Times, Los Angeles Times "and "Washington Post "Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, "When the World Was Steady, "and her book of novellas, "The Hunters, "were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and her second novel, "The Last Life, "was a "Publishers Weekly "Best Book of the Year and Editor's Choice at "The Village Voice. "All four books were named "New York Times "Notable Books of the Year. Messud has been awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.
    Review quote
    "Fantastic--one of those seemingly small stories that so burst with rage and desire that they barely squeeze between hard covers. The prose is impeccable. . . . Messud writes about happiness, and about infatuation--about love--more convincingly than any author I've encountered in years. She fills [her] protagonist with an inner life so rich and furious that you will never again nod hello in the hall to 'the woman upstairs' without thinking twice. . . Is Nora's entrancement erotic, or bigger and stranger than sex? I'm not telling. Read the book." --Lionel Shriver, National Public Radio, "All Things Considered" "Bracing . . . not so much the story of the road not taken as that of the longed-for road that never appeared. . . . Nora's anger electrifies the narrative, and Messud masterfully controls the tension and pace. In this fierce, feminist novel, the reader serves as Nora's confessor, and it's a pleasure to listen to someone so eloquent, whose insights about how women are valued in society and art are sharp." --Jenny Shank, "Dallas News" "An elegant winner of a novel . . . quietly, tensely unfolding . . . Remarkably, Messud lets us experience Nora's betrayal as if it were our own, and what finally happens really is a punch in the stomach. Highly recommended." --Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal" "Utterly compelling . . . Crisply illuminated." --Katherine Rowland, "Guernica" "Messud has many gifts as a novelist: She writes well, dramatizes, has a sharp ear, a literary critic's knack for marshaling and reverberating themes and, most crucially, a broad and deep empathy that enables her to portray a wide range of characters from the inside. . . . "The Woman Upstairs" is first-rate: It asks unsettling, unanswerable questions: How much do those who are not our family or our partners really owe us? How close can we really be to them before we start to become needy or creepy? The characters are fully alive." --John Broening, "The Denver P