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When the World Was Steady

Messud, Claire

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ISBN 10: 0140140999 / ISBN 13: 9780140140996
Published by Granta (London), 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed. First Edition. First UK edition. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine copy in fine dust jacket in a mylar protector. Though not marked, from the collection of Mel Waggoner, host of the public radio program "Profiles" which interviewed authors. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000089732

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Title: When the World Was Steady

Publisher: Granta (London)

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A PEN/Faulkner Award finalist about two sisters’ divergent paths, from the author of The Burning Girl and The Emperor’s Children.

In this highly acclaimed novel, life isn’t all Emmy and Virginia Simpson anticipated. When Emmy’s marriage to an Australian man ends, she flees her home in Sydney to “find herself” on the island of Bali―only to become embroiled with a crew of international misfits and smugglers. Her prim and pious sister, Virginia, meanwhile, has never wandered far outside of London. Struggling to find meaning, she follows her aging mother’s advice to vacation on the Isle of Skye. On these two islands halfway around the world, the middle-aged sisters confront the costs of self-knowledge and their destinies with unexpected consequences.

“A novelist of unnerving talent.”―New York Times Book Review

“[Messud] has the daring and assurance to take on Iris Murdoch–like questions about goodness and truth.”―The New Yorker

“Beautiful. . . . [Messud] has the imagination, the craft and the understanding of human nature to write about anything she chooses.”―Chicago Tribune

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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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