Claire Messud (U.S.)

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Free RSVP 2018-01-11 8 p.m. 2018-01-11 9:30 p.m. America/New_York Claire Messud (U.S.) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

(1.5 hrs. approximate run time) 

Join New York Times best-selling author and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Claire Messud for a reading of her latest novel The Burning Girl.


The Burning Girl asks how well we can ever know our closest confidants and answers its own question with every refined page.”—Vanity Fair

Messud plays, lightly, with familiar archetypes, deftly abstracting her take so that it flares into myth.”—The New Yorker

“…an absolute master storyteller and bafflingly good writer … It is that combination of imagination and skill that makes The Burning Girl exceptional.—Los Angeles Times


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. Brilliantly mixing fable and coming-of-age tale, The Burning Girl gets to the heart of these matters in an absolutely irresistible way.

Claire‘s reading will be followed by a Q & A with the audience.


Claire Messud’s five novels include The Emperor’s Children, a New York Times Book of the Year in 2006; The Woman Upstairs (2013); and, most recently, The Burning Girl (2017). She is also the author of a book of novellas, The Hunters (2001). Twice a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and a recipient of the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, she teaches creative writing at Harvard University. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New York Times Book Review, and lives in Cambridge, MA with her family.

Event Details

January 11, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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