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The Woman UpstairsClaire Messud
The Woman Upstairs
Sunday, May 19 at 7 PM

Meet the New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor's Children - a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post "Best Book of the Year." Messud has written a brilliant, corrosively funny new novel about a schoolteacher who dreams of being an artist. Furious with herself for failing to commit to being an artist and settling for life as a third-grade teacher, Nora is the woman upstairs, "whose trash is always tidy, who smiles brightly in the stairwell." When the exotic Shahid family enters her life, Nora sees them as saviors - who ultimately become her betrayers.

Messud's scorching social anatomy, red-hot psychology, galvanizing story, and incandescent language make for an all-circuits-firing novel about enthrallment, ambition, envy, and betrayal. A tour de force portraying a no longer invisible or silent 'woman upstairs.' - Booklist (starred review)

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