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Claire Messud, Novelist

Ms. Messud, whose mother is Canadian and father of Algerian origin, was born in the United States, grew up in Australia and Canada, and returned to the United States as a teenager. In all of her writing, including her most recent novel, The Emperor’s Children (2006), which is being adapted into a film by Ron Howard, she explores the chasm between subjective and objective reality and the ways in which people struggle to bridge that chasm in their lives. Called a novelist of “unnerving talent,” Messud has created in The Emperor’s Children what New York Times book reviewer Meghan O’Rourke has described as a “masterly comedy of manners – an astute and poignant evocation of hobnobbing glitterati in the months before and immediately following September 11th.”

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