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The Woman Upstairs A New York Times Book Review Notable Book A Washington Post Top Ten Book Of The Year AChicago Tribune Noteworthy Book A Huffington Post Best Book A Boston Globe Best Book Of The Year A Kirkus Best Fiction Book A Goodreads Best BookNora Eldridge Is A Reliable, But Unremarkable, Friend And Neighbor, Always On The Fringe Of Other People S Achievements But The Arrival Of The Shahid Family Dashing Skandar, A Lebanese Scholar, Glamorous Sirena, An Italian Artist, And Their Son, Reza Draws Her Into A Complex And Exciting New World Nora S Happiness Pushes Her Beyond Her Boundaries, Until Sirena S Careless Ambition Leads To A Shattering Betrayal Told With Urgency, Intimacy, And Piercing Emotion, This New York Times Bestselling Novel Is The Riveting Confession Of A Woman Awakened, Transformed, And Abandoned By A Desire For A World Beyond Her Own.


About the Author: Claire Messud

Claire Messud is an American novelist and literature and creative writing professor She is best known as the author of the 2006 novel The Emperor s Children She lives with her husband and family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Messud grew up in the United States, Australia, and Canada, returning to the United States as a teenager Messud s mother is Canadian, and her



10 thoughts on “The Woman Upstairs

  1. says:

    The Woman Upstairs is an occasion to reawaken a literary hot button that I love the unlikeable character Plenty of people hated The Emperor s Children for the same reason they hated The Corrections couldn t relate to sympathize with the characters, wouldn t want to be friends with


  2. says:

    Hmmm Lots of thoughts There is brilliance here, in how Messud takes up anger, hunger, and loneliness There are many problems here, like, THERE IS NO PLOT This is the kind of book that makes people hate literary fiction My biggest issue though, is that so much of the prose is aimless and not in a compelling way


  3. says:

    If you re interested in a book with unlikeable, unreliable characters, hints of possible drama, obsession, and betrayal, melancholy and whining, endless run on narrative from the main character, a plot that bogs down completely, and a rushed ending, then have I got the book for you I decided to read The Woman Upstair


  4. says:

    This is a rancorous read about lost opportunities The narrator is bursting with rage Uncomfortable Corrosive Urgent.But the writing Oh, the writing Masterly and picture perfect And the ending Unforeseen Damn.


  5. says:

    Did I find this book or did this book find me Either way, this novel was so powerful and jarring that it jumbled my thoughts and disrupted my sleep The story is focused on the anger and anxiety hell, let s just call it a mid life crisis blended with some good ol feminist rage of Nora Eldridge, a single woman who teaches elementary school


  6. says:

    Annasue McCleave Wilson from Publishers Weekly I wouldn t want to be friends with Nora, would you Her outlook is almost unbearably grim Claire Messud For heaven s sake, what kind of question is that Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert Would you want to be friends with Mickey Sabbath Saleem Sinai Hamlet Krapp Oedipus Oscar Wao Antigo


  7. says:

    I really wanted to read this book as it provoked a stir in the media about the likability factor of a character That, coupled with a friends urging, lead me right up the stairs This book seems to be one that produces so many different reactions by different readers For me, I was hooked right away, and couldn t put it down.It actually disturbs me that the


  8. says:

    Nora Eldridge is a primary school teacher who at forty two has sacrificed her dream to become an artist to live in the numbing comfort of economic stability and independence, a woman who perfectly fits the role attached to her gender dutiful daughter, involved professional, reliable friend, model citizen.But she is also the woman upstairs, the person everyb


  9. says:

    The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud is a 2013 Knopf publication I checked out this book after looking through a Booklist with listed books centered around betrayal and obsession I d never heard of it, but it sounded intriguing The story starts off with Nora Eldridge meeting a new student in her class, which puts her in touch with the boy s mother, Sirena The two women disc


  10. says:

    The book title is fantastic just those few words create an image of someone lonely Who would want to be the woman upstairs Not me, that s for sure.Nora, the sad schoolteacher who narrates this story, doesn t want to be the woman upstairs either But she can t change her M.O no matter how hard she tries Nora equates the woman upstairs with mediocrity, and mediocrity implies a lack of


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