Who doesn’t want to escape from the place they grew up sometime or another?
In bestselling author, Claire Messud’s new novel, THE BURNING GIRL (WWNorton&Co.), for Julia and Cassie it is crucial.
We were lucky to meet Claire Messud at BookExpo in May and have one signed book and a book bag for one lucky winner of Thoughts on This ‘n That. It’s amazing to learn that in addition to writing bestselling novels, Claire teaches Creative Writing at Harvard. She’s brilliant and we enjoyed exchanging a few words.
Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling place where they were born and grew up, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls grow older, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship.
Claire Messud weaves a compelling fictional world as she asks: To what extent can we know ourselves and others? What are the stories we create to comprehend our lives and relationships? THE BURNING GIRL is a complex, coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends. Brilliantly mixing fable, THE BURNING GIRL explores magical realism and is able to dig deeper into the bonds that connect the girls even after being apart. They are spiritually attached through some unexplained karmic link. Messud leads readers to the heart of these matters in an absolutely irresistible way.
Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The author of five previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS.
We have one copy of the THE BURNING GIRL and a book bag to giveaway to one lucky blog follower. Just tell us about your 7th grade bestfriend. We’ll announce a winner next week.