The Women Upstairs – Claire Messud

The Women Upstairs - Claire Messud

Original book title: The Women Upstairs
Author: Claire Messud
Publisher: Månpocket, 333 pages
Year of publication2015
Format: Paperback
Language: Swedish

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

This is a very hard review to write for me because I have lots of thoughts and feelings that I can’t really sort out.
I liked the book, but I don’t think I understand it, does that make any sense?
This is about the unmarried, childless, elementary school teacher Nora Eldridge, who thinks her life is dull until she meets the Shahid family. She becomes infatuated or I would say obsessed with the whole family. This obsession leads to Nora neglecting her own father and herself.

Claire Messud takes up loneliness, passion and hunger in a beautiful way and she really is a great writer, however, I don’t understand where she wanted this story to go. The end was a bit rushed and I thought that the real story began on the last page.

The characters in this book are not likable and I don’t understand Nora. She says she is angry, she says she was meant for something greater but everything she does point to the opposite. Anger in this book is so passive that it seems more like an idea than an actual emotion.

This is an interesting book and an easy read, but it’s also a bit depressing. This is a great book to discuss so if you decided to read it, make sure somebody else also reads it so you can talk about it!


Really 2,5