Claire Messud is a writer of fiction, primarily novels, and the author, most recently, of The Hunters (Harcourt, 2001), a collection of two novellas. Her two previous novels are When the World Was Steady (Granta Books, 1995) and The Last Life (Harcourt Brace, 1999).
While at Radcliffe, Messud plans to continue work on, and ideally to complete, what will be her third novel and fourth book. This untitled project is set in New York City in 2001 and follows a family, the Thwaites, and its entourage. People fall in and out of love; they quarrel; they lie; they make some big mistakes.
Messud’s work has been recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with both an Addison Metcalf Award and a Strauss Living Award and has been nominated twice for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 2002, she received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.