The Woman Upstairs

By Claire Messud; Cassandra Campbell (Read by)
(Random House Audio Publishing Group, Compact Disc, 9780307913609, 9pp.)

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

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From the "New York Times "best-selling author of "The Emperor's Children, " a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own.
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 arrives 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.




About the Author
Claire Messud was born in the United States in 1966. She was educated at Yale and Cambridge. Her first novel, When the World Was Steady, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1996. Her second novel, The Last Life, was widely praised and has been translated into several languages.

Cassandra Campbell has recorded over one hundred audiobooks and directed many more. She has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as being nominated for an Audie Award. As an actress and director, she has worked off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, as well as doing voice work on numerous commercials and films.
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