Claire Messud Discusses Her Most Dangerous Novel Yet: The Burning Girl

Claire Messud Discusses Her Most Dangerous Novel Yet: The Burning Girl

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Beloved novelist Claire Messud discovered her life’s calling at a very young age. In her own words, she claims, “It was one of those things I announced when I was a kid. My parents gave me a typewriter for my sixth birthday because I had already said that I wanted to be a writer.” Here, Messud talks to Just the Right Book! host Roxanne Coady about her latest novel, The Burning Girl Messud, who is also the author of New York Times bestseller The Emperor’s Childrenhas a lot to say about her most “dangerous” novel yet. The novel explores the unraveling of two adolescent girls’ friendship as they set out on a dangerous journey. Coady describes Messud as, “one of the finest storytellers today about women’s friendships.”

Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Author of six previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, The Burning Girl, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

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