The November meeting will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 6 to 9 pm. We will discuss “The Woman Upstairs” by Claire Messud. The gastronomic theme will be comfort foods.
When “The Woman Upstairs” was published in 2013, it received critical accolades including being named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book, a Huffington Post Best Book, a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Fiction Book, and a Goodreads Best Book. The novel’s protagonist is a single woman and thwarted artist who feels that life has passed her by until she comes under the thrall of a family who has everything she is missing in her own life.
The author Claire Messud is no stranger to literary awards. Her best known work, “The Emperor’s Children”, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, “When the World Was Steady”, and her book of novellas, “The Hunters”, were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and her second novel, “The Last Life”, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor’s Choice at The Village Voice. All four books were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Messud has been awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Claire Messud reads from and discusses her novel: The Woman Upstairs: