The Hunters by Claire Messud
Two Short Novels

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Capable of inhabiting an astonishing range of characters, settings, periods, tones, and genres, Messud's inestimable stylistic gifts are as apparent as her crystalline understanding of the human imagination.
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Claire Messud’s two exquisite short novels, acclaimed for their subtlety, their insight and their dazzling prose, are destined to become masterpieces of twenty-first-century literature.

‘Claire Messud’s two brilliant novellas are exquisitely positioned: poised, subtle and perfect, they communicate with each other across expanses of silence like works of art. It is almost startling to encounter writing of this quality . . . This is masterly prose – modest, authentic, compassionate, interested and majestically complete . . . These two small masterpieces reflect and complement one another so as to form something larger, a work of tremendous scope and significance. I can think of few writers capable of such thrilling seriousness expressed with so lavish a gift’

Evening Standard

‘Messud proves to be as much an accomplished storyteller as an immaculate stylist . . . She is a mistress of parenthesis, the telling aside, the unspoken . . . With the short novel, Claire Messud, like Alice Munro, has found her ideal form’

Daily Telegraph

Two short novels of remarkable power and artistry that outweigh works twice or thrice their size . . . They achieve their aim quite beautifully’

Financial Times

‘Messud is an expert storyteller. Her style is precise and illuminating, transforming the mundane into the unusual . . . dazzling’

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About Claire Messud

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Claire Messud's most recent novel, The Emperor's Children, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, When the World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and her second novel, The Last Life, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor's Choice at The Village Voice. All four books were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Messud has been awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.
 
Published August 26, 2002 by Mariner Books. 210 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Scott Tobias on Apr 19 2002

Capable of inhabiting an astonishing range of characters, settings, periods, tones, and genres, Messud's inestimable stylistic gifts are as apparent as her crystalline understanding of the human imagination.

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