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Claire Messud's 'Burning Girl' Explores Collapse Of Female Friendship09:44

Claire Messud's "The Burning Girl." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Claire Messud's "The Burning Girl." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
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Claire Messud is renowned for creating female characters who are independent, imaginative and ferocious. She is the best-selling author of books like "The Emperor's Children" and "The Woman Upstairs."

In her latest novel, "The Burning Girl," Messud turns her attentions to the lives of two adolescent girls. One is the perceptive and sensitive Julia Robinson. The other -- her best friend -- the bold, unruly Cassie Burns. Their idyllic childhood friendship collapses, and the two girls learn how terrifying growing up can be.


Claire Messud, best-selling author of seven books. Her new book is "The Burning Girl." She will be in conversation with Radio Open Source's Christopher Lydon at the Brattle Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

This segment aired on August 30, 2017.


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