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Thalia Book Club: Claire Messud The Woman Upstairs
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The New York Times best-selling author of the literary page-turner The Emperor's Children discusses her richly drawn new novel with Meghan O'Rourke (The Long Goodbye). Her latest release is a riveting compulsively readable confession of a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Mass, drawn into the complex world of her new neighbors -- a Lebanese scholar and professor of Ethical History, his glamourous Italian artist wife and their son -- who move in and change her life in ways she never expected. With a reading from the novel by Patricia Kalember (Don't Dress for Dinner).

"An uncanny blend of maturity and mirth. Somehow, Messud can stand in that chilly wind blowing on us all and laugh".- (on The Emperor's Children) The Washington Post