Shut Up, She Explained
Claire Messud’s new novel opens with a rant. Forty-two-year old Nora Eldridge, “a good girl, a nice girl, a straight A, strait-laced, good daughter, good career girl,” is furious. How angry is she? “You don’t want to know. Nobody wants to know about that.” Whether we want to know or not, Nora’s got an earful for us. She rails against everything from “the sham and pretend of the world…on the East Coast of the United States of America in the first decade of the twenty-first century” to her professional and personal disappointments: “It was supposed to say Great Artist on my tombstone, but if I died right now it would say ‘such a good teacher/daughter/friend’ instead.”
About the Author
Fernanda Moore wrote about Elinor Lipman in our June issue.