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Claire Messud, in ‘This Strange Eventful History,’ shadows her own family history in a sweeping generational epic

Posted on AllSides May 1st, 2024
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There’s a reason for that: The fascinating — and singularly dysfunctional — family about which Messud is writing is her own. In portraying the Cassars, Messud hews closely to a 1500-page “family history” her grandfather wrote and bequeathed to her. The novel is narrated from the points of view of a cast based on her grandfather, her father, her mother, her aunt, and the author herself. “Life is damage,” Claire Messud observed in a 2022 interview when asked about themes she revisits in her work. Messud’s remarkable latest proves her...

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