Claire Messud is the author of four books, and she has written reviews and articles for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Nation, and the Daily Telegraph (London), among others. Her first novel, When the World was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and her second novel, The Last Life, was a Publishers Weekly best Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The Emperor's Children, was on the best books of the year list in the Los Angeles Times, the Economist, the Chicago Tribune, and People magazine. Her next novel, The Woman Upstairs, will be published in the spring of 2013. Claire Messud is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.