Claire Messud, The Burning Girl

We're pleased to welcome Claire Messud to the bookstore to celebrate the paperback release of her most recent novel, The Burning Girl! Claire's talk and reading will be followed by a Q&A session.

The Burning Girl is a bracing, hypnotic coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children.

Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship. The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood's imaginary worlds and painful adult reality--crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence.

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 The Burning Girl, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
The Burning Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356052
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 5th, 2018

Named one of the best books of the year by theLos Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Financial Times, Town & Country, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Refinery29, and Literary Hub " A] masterwork of psychological fiction...Messud teases readers with a psychological mystery, withholding informati