A Dream Life (Hardcover)

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A jewel of a novel by New York Times-bestselling author Claire Messud

When the Armstrong family moves from New York at the dawn of the 1970s, Australia feels, to Alice Armstrong, like the end of the earth. Residing in a grand manor on the glittering Sydney Harbour, her family finds their life has turned upside down. As she navigates this strange new world, Alice must weave an existence from its shimmering mirage.

Lies and self-deception are at the heart of this keenly observed story. This is a sharp, biting, and playful tale with a cast of unscrupulous characters adrift in a dream life of their own making. Written with the characteristic delicacy of touch, humor, and emotional insight that make Claire Messud one of our greatest writers.

“A novelist of unnerving talent.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[Messud is] among our greatest contemporary writers.” —The New Yorker

“A perfect frolic of a book, puffed on breezes of beauty and wit: it waltzes you through a little fear, a little darkness, and tips you out, refreshed and laughing, into the sun.” Helen Garner

About the Author


Claire Messud is the author of seven works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers The Emperor’s Children and The Burning Girl, and a book of essays, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write. She is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Praise For…


“Witty, arch and acutely observed, A Dream Life expertly captures the excruciating insecurities of class in our supposedly classless society.” Geraldine Brooks, author, March and People of the Book

"The great Messud returns with a novel set in Australia, wherein a family moves from New York of the 1970s to a giant mansion by the Sydney Harbor." —The Millions Most Anticipated"

"Messud is clearly well suited to the novella’s compact form, alive to the specifics of the sentences but able to draw back to see the mystery of the whole." —Wall Street Journal
 

“A perfect frolic of a book, puffed on breezes of beauty and wit: it waltzes you through a little fear, a little darkness, and tips you out, refreshed and laughing, into the sun.” Helen Garner, author, The Spare Room

“A perfect frolic of a book, puffed on breezes of beauty and wit: it waltzes you through a little fear, a little darkness, and tips you out, refreshed and laughing, into the sun.” Helen Garner “Witty, arch and acutely observed, A Dream Life expertly captures the excruciating insecurities of class in our supposedly classless society.” Geraldine Brooks “A novelist of unnerving talent.” The New York Times “[Claire Messud is] among our greatest contemporary writers” The New Yorker
 

“A novelist of unnerving talent.” —The New York Times on Claire Messud
  '...sharp edges in just the right places, and glint with an insight that both cuts and beguiles.' – Jonny Diamond, Editor in Chief of Lit Hub,


 

“Among our greatest contemporary writers” —The New Yorker on Claire Messud

The Best Books To Read This January, The 23 Must-Read Books of Winter 2022, Town & Country

"This strangely charming novella … the focus is on family and class dynamics and the style and point of view are sweet and sharp by turns, like a Granny Smith apple." —Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Sydney Morning Herald

"The author of The Emperor’s Children writes a slim novel about an ex-pat family in Australia via New York, where lies and self-deception mix." —Zibby Owens, Bookfluencer, Podcaster, Author, named “NYC's Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York magazine's Vulture

"I defy any reader to put this book down once you start it...A Dream Life is a comment on and an evisceration of privilege." —Jason Rice,  Vol.1 Brooklyn,

"Messud writes some of the most complex characters you’re likely to encounter in fiction, and this short novel demonstrates that skill in abundance." —Brooklyn Rail, BOOKS OF THE MONTH, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"An interior tale of relationships, deception and characters living in their own dream lives, this beautifully written slim book will not only transport you around the world but will remind you that wherever you go, there you are." —Zibby Owens, Good Morning America

"a witty novella...Think “The Turn of the Screw” reimagined as a comedy of manners. And yes, it’s also a beautifully designed little book — a delight to read and eminently giveable, too." — Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"Messud’s eye for class distinctions and gender expectation is as sharp as ever...limned with Messud’s characteristic tart, cogently detailed realism...Messud takes a cool, detached tone, emphasizing the humor of her dilemmas...Messud’s eye for class distinctions and gender expectation is as sharp as ever" —Kirkus Reviews

"The great Messud returns with a novel set in Australia . . . In what must be one of the best blurbs of all time, the legend Helen Garner says of the novel, “A perfect frolic of a book, puffed on breezes of beauty and wit: it waltzes you through a little fear, a little darkness, and tips you out, refreshed and laughing, into the sun.” —Lydia, Staff Writer at The Millions, The Millions Most Anticipated Books of 2022

“Messud is clearly well suited to the novella’s compact form, alive to the specifics of the sentences but able to draw back to see the mystery of the whole." – Sam Sacks, WSJ
Product Details
ISBN: 9781649697295
ISBN-10: 1649697295
Publisher: Tablo Tales
Publication Date: January 15th, 2022
Pages: 136
Language: English