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Author Claire Messud speaks about the art of writing. She is pictured outside her office, one of the places where she writes, in the Bunting Quadrangle at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Turns of narrative

For novelist Claire Messud, getting the story down can mean letting it stray

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“It’s a book about trying to answer questions, even though you’re not really going to find an answer,” said writer Suzanne Berne, who is out with a new memoir about her grandmother. “People contain history, and they contain all sorts of connections to events they lived through.”

Mystery woman

Berne gathers clues to grandmother’s life for ‘Missing Lucile’

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