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When the World Was Steady

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   9.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/29/2017

When the World Was Steady

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681686677
Digital Download ISBN:9781681686684


Originally published in 1994, When the World Was Steady is award-winning author Claire Messud's first novel.

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Product Description

Life isn't all Emmy and Virginia Simpson anticipated. When Emmy's marriage to an Australian man ends, she flees her home in Sydney to "find herself" on the island of Bali—only to become embroiled with a crew of international misfits and smugglers. Her prim and pious sister, Virginia, meanwhile, has never wandered far outside of London. Struggling to find meaning, she follows her aging mother's advice to vacation on the Isle of Skye. On these two islands halfway around the world, the middle-aged sisters confront the costs of self-knowledge and their destinies with unexpected consequences.


“Arserio has a pleasant voice, an unobtrusive British accent, and a knack for smooth transitions from emotion to emotion. Her pacing, pausing, inflections, and emphasis keep listeners involved in the parallel narratives.” —Publishers Weekly audio review

“Narrator Shiromi Arserio does an admirable job with the many different accents in which Messud’s characters speak.” —Sound Commentary

Author Bio

Claire Messud is an award-winning novelist and a professor in the Department of English at Harvard University. Her books include The Emperor's Children, The Woman Upstairs, and The Last Life.