Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7pm, Music Building, $20
L A I R E
E S S U D
with Leonard Lopate
LAIRE is the author of the collection of novellas The Hunters, and the novels When the World Was Steady, The Last Life, The Emperor’s Children, and, most recently, The Woman Upstairs. The Wall Street Journal has said: “The Woman Upstairs is unquestionably a breakthrough for the writer…. A rare work of fiction seemingly destined to become a cultural benchmark.” Booklist has said: “With exhilarating velocity, fury, and wit…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.’” Alison Lurie, writing in The New York Review of Books, has said: “Nora Eldridge [in The Woman Upstairs] is a kind of Madame Bovary for our time, someone who dreams not of romantic passion but of personal fame…. Nora is like Emma Bovary in the conviction that she needs the love of glamorous and important individuals to give her life meaning…. Messud’s heroine is so sympathetic, and so eloquent and convincing, that the depth of her illusions is not always apparent…. Outstanding…. Terrifyingly perceptive.” The Miami Herald has said: “Every new Claire Messud novel is a reason to rejoice…. The Woman Upstairs…solidifies Messud’s place among our greatest contemporary writers.”
In addition to reading from her work, Claire Messud will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Claire Messud: Lisa Cohen