Can't believe this book received such a lukewarm reception from my fellow Wilmette readers. I just glanced at three comments. Alas, having read Messud's novel long enough ago not to recall its details in super-sharp focus, all I want to say today is that I found The Emperor's Children a masterpiece. For me the book ranks right up there with Donna Tartt's chef d'oeuvre, The Goldfinch. Maybe I should glance at Wilmette reviews of Tartt's bestseller to see how my neighbors feel about it. I only wish Messud's novel had been a bestseller! For that matter Messud's The Woman Upstairs is also vastly pleasing, though it lacks Tartt's slick veneer.