The Burning Girl


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$15.95  $14.83
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.6 X 8.0 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Claire Messud is the author of six works of fiction. A recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she teaches at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The friendship of two girls, Julia and Cassie, animates this slim, dreamlike novel.... Messud plays, lightly, with familiar archetypes, deftly abstracting her tale so that it flares into myth.
Breathtaking.... With this novel, Messud brings her own particular brand of astuteness and emotional intelligence through her careful and thoughtful prose.
Messud is at her most incisive in exploring the volatile transition from childhood to adolescence.
[Messud] has specialized in creating unusual female characters with ferocious, imaginative inner lives... and quietly making a case for women's interiority as a subject worthy of the most serious examination.--Ruth Franklin
Messud captures young adolescence vividly and unjudgmentally.... Messud is a storyteller: the ability to compel and hold the reader's interest may not be the crown and summit of novel writing, but it's the beginning and end of it.... [T]he story rewards the reader right through to the end.--Ursula K. Le Guin
Messud is psychologically astute about her characters and about the competing social and familial pressures... that make adolescent friendship and its dissolution so fraught.