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Author Messud, Claire, 1966- author.
Title The woman upstairs : a novel / Claire Messud.
Published New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Book Cover

 Reading Room  PS3563.E8134 W66 2013    IN LIBRARY
 Generously Provided By: Robert and Maureen GohstandReading Room Bookplate Image 
Edition 1st ed.
Description 253 p. ; 24 cm.
Note "This Is A Borzoi book."
Summary 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 arrive 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.
Subject Elementary school teachers -- Fiction.
Women artists -- Fiction.
Teacher-student relationships -- Fiction.
Genre Psychological fiction.
Collection Title Robert and Maureen Gohstand Reading Room Collection.
Related To Online version: Messud, Claire, 1966- woman upstairs. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013 9780307962409 (OCoLC)840926017
ISBN 9780307596901 (hardcover)
0307596907 (hardcover)
9780307962409 (ebook)
0307962407 (ebook)
OCLC number 793503469