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Description - The Last Life by Claire Messud

"I am American now, but this wasn't always so".One night, during her fifteenth year, the peace of Sagesse LaBasse's summer night was shattered by a shot from her grandfather's gun.Sagesse is the narrator of the story. The LaBasse family are white Algerians, haunted by the country from which they were forced to flee as refugees. Sagesse's father and grandfather nurse secrets from the past which return to trouble the present. To make sense of their lives, Sagesse must roam across French-Algerian history weaving the threads of their lives-real and imaginary.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780330375641
ISBN-10: 0330375644
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Claire Messud

Claire Messud was born in the United States in 1966. She was educated at Yale and Cambridge. Her first novel, "When the World Was Steady" was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkiner Award in 1996.

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