Metro Recommends: The Emperor's Children
The Emperor’s Children is Claire Messud’s first fiction. The satirical novel revolves around three friends in their early thirties making their way in New York: Marina, daughter of a celebrated journalist, is trying to finish her first book, already several years overdue; Danielle, documentary producer, is having an affair with Marina’s father; Julius, a broke freelance critic being “kept” by his successful boyfriend, flirts with his wild side. Their lives are intersected by the arrival of Marina’s cousin Bootie, an ambitious, naïve, aspiring intellectual.
Though the characters are not particularly likeable they are engaging and well drawn. The book is a funny glimpse into the world of the New York intelligentsia. The final chapters of the story take an unexpected twist that will have you turning pages.
Claire Messud lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.