Meet Claire Messud

  • September 9, 2017

The author of The Burning Girl comes to DC on Sun., Sept. 10th, at 5PM.


Messud’s sixth novel is the story of Cassie and Julia, best friends from nursery school until seventh grade. For Julia, who narrates their experiences, the two are as close as sisters, though their families fail to mesh and the differences between them grow more apparent over time. Without Julia to set limits and question plans, Cassie veers into potentially dangerous emotional territory, especially when she decides to track down her father, and Julia begins to see how her notions of “home” and “love” were never Cassie’s. Writing with the elegant, meticulous prose that made the characters of The Woman Upstairs and The Emperor’s Children so vivid, Messud explores the intricate psychology of adolescence and the limits of friendship.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

At 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Click here for more information.

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