It comes as no surprise that novelist Claire Messud discovered her life's calling at such a young age. "It was one of those things I announced when I was a kid. My parents gave me a typewriter for my sixth birthday because I had already said that I wanted to be a writer," says Messud.
The New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children joins Just the Right Book to discuss her latest novel, The Burning Girl, which explores the unraveling of two adolescent girls' friendship as they set out on a dangerous journey. Roxanne describes Claire as "one of the finest storytellers today about women's friendships."
And also in this episode, we hear from Casey Coonerty, the owner of Bookshop Santa Cruz for our segment "What's on the Front Table."
Books in this episode:
The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder
Exit West by Moshin Hamid
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Autumn by Ali Smith
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy