Common Ground

A Dream Life: Claire Messud

Featuring Messud and Will Chancellor


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Author Claire Messud joins Rail Fiction Editor Will Chancellor for a conversation on the publication of Messud’s novel A Dream Life. We conclude with a reading from the book.

In this talk

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Claire Messud

Photo of Claire Messud
Photo by Lisa Cohen
Writer Claire Messud is the author of seven works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers The Emperor’s Children and The Burning Girl, and a book of essays, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write. She is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Will Chancellor

Will Chancellor
Author of the novel A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall (Harper Perennial, 2014), Will Chancellor is currently writing an alternate history of the Soviet space program titled The Meaning of Certain Dreams. He edits fiction at the Brooklyn Rail. His writing has appeared in Bookforum, Lit Hub, The New York Times Magazine, Interview, Electric Literature, The White Review, and The New York Times. He recently wrote on the Brazilian painter Lucas Arruda for David Zwirner books (Lucas Arruda: Deserto-Modelo).

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