The Emperor's Children

by Claire Messud

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006.

The Emperor's Children Synopsis

It is 2001 in Manhattan, and three thirty-year-old friends are seeking their fortunes . . .


Danielle, a junior television producer, is on the hunt for the documentary idea that will make her reputation; Marina, the beautiful daughter of a famous and wealthy liberal journalist and intellectual, is desperate to prove her worth - while unsure exactly of how this is to be achieved; Julius, a freelance writer of devastating book reviews, is determined to live a fabulous Manhattan lifestyle on a budget of nothing at all.


The Emperor's Children follows these three friends - and their overlapping social and family circles - through their day-to-day lives, their perceived struggles and successes and their constant search for meaning and authenticity. Sweeping in scope, minutely perceptive about the nuances of Manhattan life, with richly drawn characters and vivid prose, The Emperor's Children is a finely textured portrait of a particular place at a particular moment - and a haunting illustration how the events of a single day can change everything, for ever. It reveals Claire Messud as a novelist in bloom, writing at the height of her powers.

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The Emperor's Children Press Reviews

'Messud is an expert storyteller. Her style is precise and illuminating . . . dazzling'  - Observer


'Messud's ability to filter her rich imagination through brilliantly precise prose allows her to show the kernel of redemption in even the most unlikely of human alliances'  - Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9780330444477
Publication date: 01/09/2006
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780330444477
Publication date: 1st September 2006
Author: Claire Messud
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
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About Claire Messud

Claire Messud was educated at Yale and Cambridge. Her 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; all three books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship and the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her husband and children. 

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