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on 10 June 2013
A strongly written, often insightful look at the world of the 'unfulfilled spinster', the 'Woman Upstairs'.
Although others have criticised this novel for its unsympathetic narrator, I found this to be one of the positives of the book is not wholly likeable; she recognises much of her own madness and is alternately shamed and unapologetic. Messud paints an entirely convincing picture of the dutiful daughter and model teacher who outwardly demands nothing, but craves love and the need of her beloved Shahids uncompromisingly. I guessed at the eventual betrayal; I was on the right lines, and although it was apt and awful, I felt that this was the only point that Messud skimped on where she could have delved further.
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