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WHEN THE WORLD WAS STEADY

Messud, Claire

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ISBN 10: 0964561131 / ISBN 13: 9780964561137
Published by Granta, 1994
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: WHEN THE WORLD WAS STEADY

Publisher: Granta

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Ed Thus.

Book Type: Book

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In this highly acclaimed novel by the author of The Emperor’s Children, life isn’t all Emmy and Virginia Simpson might have hoped. When Emmy’s marriage to an Australian man ends, she flees her home in Sydney for the tropical paradise of Bali to “find herself”—only to become embroiled with an eclectic crew of international misfits and smugglers. Her sister Virginia, meanwhile, has never wandered far outside of London. Prim and pious, Virginia is struggling to find meaning in her life and her aging mother thinks a visit to the Isle of Skye is just what she needs. On these two islands halfway around the world, the middle-aged sisters confront their lives and their destinies with unexpected consequences.

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In a debut novel of remarkable breadth and intimate insight, Claire Messud tells the story of two middle-aged sisters and the divergent life paths chosen by each. On Bali and Skye, two islands as far apart as geography allows, the sisters reassess their place in the world and gingerly find the new bearings that will allow them to renegotiate the circumstances of their lives with newfound acceptance and flexibility. Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

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