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The Woman Upstairs
by Claire Messud
- Release date: April 28, 2013
- Genres: fiction, contemporary, art, novels, womens, literature, adult
- Places: Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Author: Claire Messud
- Characters: Nora Eldridge, Reza Shahid, Skandar Shahid, Sirena Shahid
- Publisher: A. A. Knopf
- Language: english
- Awards: Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee (2013), Arab American Book Award Nominee for Fiction (2014), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Fiction (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2013), International Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2015)
- ISBN: 9780307596901 (0307596907)
- Format: hardcover, 272 pages
About The Book
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children, a brilliant new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and betrayed by passion and desire for a world beyond her own.
Nora Eldridge, a thirty-seven-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others’ achievements.
Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. He and his parents — dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar and professor at the École Normale Supérleure; and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist — have come to Boston for Skandar to take up a fellowship at Harvard. When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies who call him a “terrorist,” Nora is drawn 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, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.
Told with urgency, intimacy, and piercing emotion, this story of obsession and artistic fulfillment explores the thrill — and the devastating cost — of giving in to one’s passions.
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