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The Woman Upstairs

Claire Messud

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children, a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own. Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She has instead become the "woman upstairs," a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her life arrives the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids-her new student Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale, and his parents: Skandar, a dashing Lebanese professor who has come to Boston for a fellowship at Harvard, and Sirena, an effortlessly alluring Italian artist. When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies, Nora is drawn deep into the complex world of the Shahid family; she finds herself falling in love with them, separately and together. Nora's happiness explodes her boundaries, and she discovers in herself an unprecedented ferocity-one that puts her beliefs and her sense of self at stake. Told with urgency, intimacy and piercing emotion, this brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill-and the devastating cost-of embracing an authentic life.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

10h 58m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:46


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:18


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:08


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:28


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:11


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:44


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:23


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:07


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:38


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:20


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:39


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:13


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:17


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:15


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:23


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:36


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:54


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:59


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:20


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:46


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:41


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:24


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:01


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:34


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:15


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:21


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:42


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:08


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:29


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:50


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:40


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:12


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:32


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:13


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

00:30