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The familiar faces of Aida Sadr and Zoe Jick, Class of 2006, introduced the article “Allies in the Middle East,” in the Boston Globe’s Living Arts section today. The story looks at the deep friendship of two girls who have to work to understand each other’s point of view.

Reporter Bella English writes: “Aida Sadr and Zoe Jick are close friends. They were born two days apart. They both moved from Brookline to Newton at age 16. They car-pooled to Milton Academy and graduated in June. They’re each taking a gap year before heading to college: Aida to Columbia University, Zoe to Wesleyan.” Click here to read the full story.

In a New York Times story today Motoko Rich cites the ability of novelist Claire Messud, Milton Class of 1983, to write convincingly about what she doesn’t know firsthand. Ms. Rich was discussing Claire’s newly released novel, The Emperor’s Children, “set in the period just before Sept. 11, 2001, in Manhattan and features characters whom many striving Ivy League graduates caught up in the media-obsessed whirlwind might find familiar.” The Emperor’s Children was the front page review in the Times Book Review on August 27 (“The End of Irony”) and has been named an editor’s choice in the review. TheTimes article notes that Claire Messud has been nominated to the list for the Man Booker Prize in Britain.