Just the Right Book Podcast: A Dangerous Journey as Friendships Unravel

Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities.

Beloved novelist Claire Messud discovered her life’s calling at a very young age. In her own words, she claims, “It was one of those things I announced when I was a kid. My parents gave me a typewriter for my sixth birthday because I had already said that I wanted to be a writer.” Messud talks to Coady about her latest novel, The Burning Girl, which has quickly become a favorite. Messud, who was a New York Times bestseller of her novel The Emperor’s Children, has a lot to say about her most ‘dangerous’ novel yet. The novel specifically explores the unraveling of two adolescent girl’s friendship as they set out on a dangerous journey. Roxanne describes Claire as, “one of the finest storytellers today about women’s friendships.”

Messud was born in Connecticut and grew up in the US, Canada, and Australia – only to return to the US as a teenager. One of her novels has won a PEN/Faulkner Award, a novel has been shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, and more. Today, she is a novelist as well as a creative writing professor.


Books in this episode:

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Autumn by Ali Smith

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy


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