As any of us approaches middle age, we inevitably come up against our limitations: the realization that certain dearly-held fantasies may not be realized; that circumstances have thwarted us; that even with intention and will we may not be able to set our ship back on the course we’d planned. This provokes different reactions in different people.Goodreads.com. (2019). Claire Messud Quotes (Author of The Woman Upstairs). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2508.Claire_Messud [Accessed 8 Oct. 2019].