The Woman Upstairs

By: Messud, Claire

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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 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.

Title: The Woman Upstairs

Author Name: Messud, Claire

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 2013

ISBN Number: 0307596907

ISBN Number 13: 9780307596901

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: fine Jacket

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 0001455

Description: 253pp. 8vo. Paper on boards with gilt lettering. Author has signed under her name on the title page. Copyright page has a stated First Edition. Book is unread, tight, bright, unclipped, unmarked, and its jacket is Brodart protected. A pristine copy. Author also wrote "The Emperor's Children."

Keywords: Collectibel-Like New; First Edition; Signed; Dust Jacket-Like New,