Bestselling novelist Claire Messud’s new novel, The Burning Girl, is a bracing, hypnotic coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends. The Chicago Tribune calls it a “masterwork of psychological fiction.” Messud has struck a singular mark on the literary world in “evoking complex psychological territory," explains The New Yorker. Her last book, The Woman Upstairs, unravels the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and abandoned by a desire for a world beyond her own. The Washington Post calls it “fantastically smart” and The New York Times Book Review hails it an “ingenious, disquieting novel.” The Emperor’s Children was a New York Times Best Book of the Year that the Los Angeles Times called “a robust, canny and surprisingly searching novel [told] with a light-handed irony that is, by turns, as measured as Edith Wharton’s and as cutting as Tom Wolfe’s.” Messud’s first novel, When the World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her second novel, The Last Life, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and an Editor’s Choice at The Village Voice. Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a senior lecturer at Harvard and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.