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The emperor's children
Claire Messud
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Summary: From a writer "of near-miraculous perfection" (The New York Times Book Review) and "a literary intelligence far surpassing most other writers of her generation" (San Francisco Chronicle),The Emperor's Childrenis a dazzling, masterful novel about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their wayand notin New York City. There is beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaitean "It" girl finishing her first book; the daughter of Murray Thwaite, celebrated intellectual and journalistand her two closest friends from Brown, Danielle, a quietly appealing television producer, and Julius, a cash-strapped freelance critic. The delicious complications that arise among them become dangerous when Murray's nephew, Frederick "Bootie" Tubb, an idealistic college dropout determined to make his mark, comes to town. As the skies darken, it is Bootie's unexpected decisionsand their stunning, heartbreaking outcomethat will change each of their lives forever. A richly drawn, brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortuneof innocence and experience, seduction and self-invention; of ambition, including literary ambition; of glamour, disaster, and promiseThe Emperor's Childrenis a tour de force that brings to life a city, a generation, and the way we live in this moment.

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main characters Marina Thwaite
Daughter of a social activist and journalist; unable to finish the book she is writing.

Danielle Minkoff
Struggling as a TV documentary maker.
Documentary filmmaker

Julian Clarke
Barely surviving as a freelance critic.

Wooing Marina so he can destroy her father.

Frederick "Bootie" Tubb
Marina's cousin; immature; college dropout; determined to live the life of an intellectual.

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