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The Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud
The Woman Upstairs
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children, a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own. Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised... show more
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children, a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own. Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She has instead become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others’ achievements. Then into her life arrives the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids—her new student Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale, and his parents: Skandar, a dashing Lebanese professor who has come to Boston for a fellowship at Harvard, and Sirena, an effortlessly alluring Italian artist. When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies, Nora is drawn deep 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, and she discovers in herself an unprecedented ferocity—one that puts her beliefs and her sense of self at stake. Told with urgency, intimacy and piercing emotion, this brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill—and the devastating cost—of embracing an authentic life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307596901 (0307596907)
Publisher: A. A. Knopf
Pages no: 253
Edition language: English
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TrevorPTweedleD
TrevorPTweedleD rated it
3.0 The Woman Upstairs
"""The person I am in my head is so far from the person I am in the world. Nobody would know me from my own description of myself; which is why, when called upon (rarely, I grant) to provide an account, I tailor it, I adapt, I try to provide an outline that can, in some way, correlate to the outline...
toniblaha
toniblaha rated it
2.0 The Woman Upstairs
"This book was boring. It barely had a plot and was pointless. "
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
4.0 Did not go the way I thought it would.
"How angry am I? You don't know want to know. Nobody wants to know about that." So opens Claire Messud's book. I'm not sure how to feel about this book. I was intrigued and thought I knew where the story was going at certain points. Nope. It definitely did not turn out what I thought it would be, ...
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
Constantly Moving the Bookmark rated it
2.0 The Woman Upstairs
At the beginning of this book we meet Nora Eldridge, the self-confident woman and very angry woman. As she herself tries to comprehend how she came to be the woman she is today Nora takes us back 5 years to the time she met and, literally became part of the Shahid family. At that time Nora was a d...
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
3.0 The Woman Upstairs
I found this easy to relate to; the 40-something woman is probably a part of each of us... Or is that all 40-something women who are essentially "the woman upstairs".I like how she found redemption at the end of the novel, but frankly, couldn't see all the appeal to the Shahid family she fell for.
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