Quick Hit: A Quote From a Recent Read

I’m a good girl. I’m a nice girl. I’m a straight-A, strait-laced, good daughter, good career girl, and I never stole anybody’s boyfriend and I never ran out on a girlfriend, and I put up with my parents’ shit and brother’s shit and I’m not a girl anyhow, I’m over forty fucking years old, and I’m good at my job and I’m great with kids and I held my mother’s hand when she died,after four years of holding her hand while she was dying, and I speak to my father ever day on the telephone — every day, mind you, and what kind of weather do you have on your side of the river, because here it’s pretty gray and a big muggy too? 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; and what I really want to shout, and want in big letters on that grave, too, is FUCK YOU ALL.

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Forget all the controversy: The Woman Upstairs is amazing.


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4 responses to “Quick Hit: A Quote From a Recent Read

  1. It is a good book, controversy notwithstanding. I am hugely sympathetic to Claire Messud’s irritation and I think she could have expressed it in a less snotty way and I thought The Woman Upstairs was an awfully good book.

  2. I just finished listening to the audiobook and the ending totally rocked! I’m not usually one to appreciate anger but I love The Woman Upstairs.