Claire Messud’s historical novel is an American classic - a sweeping portrait of one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

In Manhattan, just after the turn of the 20th century, three 30-year-old friends - Danielle, Marina and Julius - are seeking their fortunes. But the arrival of Marina’s young cousin Bootie - fresh from the provinces and keen, too, to make his mark - forces them to confront their own desires and expectations.
The Man Booker Prize 2006
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Claire Messud

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Claire Messud was named on the 2003 Granta Best of Young British Novelists list, although she was born in Conneticut, spent her childhood in the US, Australia, and Canada, and returned to live in the US as a teenager.
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