This is an exploration of divergent lives, those of two sisters, Virginia and Emmy. Virginia has lived all her life with her domineering mother; Emmy emigrated to Australia and set up house there with a rich husband. In middle age, both sisters find themselves facing crises.
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Claire Messud was born in the United States in 1966. She was educated at Yale and Cambridge. She is the author of When The World Was Steady , which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, The Hunters and The Last Life, which won the Encore Prize.
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