Saturday, May 11, 2013
Looks Great...Quote from NY Times Book Review The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
It’s exhilarating to encounter such unrestrained vehemence in a work by this controlled, intellectual author. Messud’s previous novels, albeit extraordinarily intelligent and well-crafted, are characterized by rationed or distant emotion. “The Woman Upstairs” is utterly different — its language urgent, its conflicts outsize and unmooring, its mood incendiary. This psychologically charged story feels like a liberation. Messud’s prose grabs the reader by the collar, just as Nora grabs her favorite new pupil, a third grader named Reza Shahid, when he and another boy scuffle during a field trip. Reading Nora’s turbulent testament of belief and betrayal, you feel less like a spectator than a witness.