|Pages/Publication Date:||256 / 2017|
Best friends since nursery school, Julia and Cassie shared everything, including a longing to escape their stifling hometown in the Boston suburbs. But as Julia tells us, when they entered adolescence, their paths diverged, and Cassie set out on a journey that not only shattered their friendship, it put her life in danger. In this Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, Claire Messud wonders how well we can ever really know someone—or ourselves. What stories do we create to understand our lives? And are they so different from the mysterious tales of the ancient world?
"Messud plays, lightly, with familiar archetypes, deftly abstracting her take so that it flares into myth."—The New Yorker