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Two Women

Family History Claire Messud

Needless to say—and it was never said—they hated each other.

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No. 29

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Claire Messud’s books include the novels The Burning Girl (Norton) and The Emperor’s Children (Knopf); a collection of novellas, The Hunters (Harcourt); and, most recently, the autobiography in essays Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write (Norton). She has received numerous honors, including the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Harvard University.


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