When the World Was Steady

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Claire Messud

Narrated By: Shiromi Arserio

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: August 2017

Duration: 9 hours 16 minutes


Life isn't all Emmy and Virginia Simpson anticipated. When Emmy's marriage to an Australian man ends, she flees her home in Sydney to 'find herself' on the island of Bali-only to become embroiled with a crew of international misfits and smugglers. Her prim and pious sister, Virginia, meanwhile, has never wandered far outside of London. Struggling to find meaning, she follows her aging mother's advice to vacation on the Isle of Skye. On these two islands halfway around the world, the middle-aged sisters confront the costs of self-knowledge and their destinies with unexpected consequences.


  • Judith C

    Reader warning - it is not immediately obvious that this one of the earliest books by this author. It was published over 20 years ago. I wish the publication date was more prominently displayed.

When the World Was Steady

by Claire Messud

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