The Woman Upstairs (link goes to Amazon) by Claire Messud:
"In this ingenious, disquieting novel, [Messud] has assembled an intricate puzzle of self-belief and self-doubt, showing the peril of seeking your own image in someone else’s distorted mirror — or even, sometimes, in your own." -- NY Times
"The Woman Upstairs opens with extraordinary heat and momentum. 'How angry am I? You don't want to know,' rages Nora Eldridge, a single third-grade teacher in Cambridge, Mass., whose mother gave her the nickname Mouse... What has led Nora to this state? Her life-changing moments begin at age 37, according to her slippery, bitter, often self-deprecating account. She sees her horizons narrow: 'It was supposed to say 'Great Artist' on my tombstone, but if I died right now it would say 'such a good teacher/daughter/friend' instead.'" -- NPR
Paperback will be available Feb 11, 2014. [BE CAREFUL TO GET THE BOOK BY MESSUD -- THERE'S ANOTHER NOVEL WITH THIS TITLE BY A DIFFERENT AUTHOR.)
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