Claire Messud is the author of five novels and a book of novellas. Her novel The Emperor's Children was a New York Times Best Book of the Year and long-listed for the Man-Booker Prize. An international bestseller, it was translated into over 20 languages. She writes articles and reviews for The New York Review of Books and The New York Times. She lives in Massachusetts, USA with her family. Her latest work is The Woman Upstairs and which has been published to wide acclaim.