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Orphaned by a zeppelin crash at age nine, DeFoe Russet was raised in a Halifax, Nova Scotia, hotel by his magnetic uncle Edward. Now thirty, DeFoe works with Edward as a guard in Halifax's three-room Glace Museum. He and his uncle disturb the silence of the museum with heated conversations that prove them to be "opposites at life." Away from the museum, DeFoe courts the affection of Imogen Linny, the young caretaker of the small Jewish cemetery. Everything changes when Imogen, inspired by the arrival of a painting, Jewess on a Street in Amsterdam, abandons Halifax for the ennobled life she imagines for the painting's subjecteven amid the growing perilousness of being a Jew in Amsterdam. Set against the impending events of World War II, The Museum Guard, the second book of his Canadian trilogy, explores the mysteries of identity and self-determination, and the desire to step out of the ordinary into an alluring and dangerous sphere of action.

Howard Norman was a National Book Award finalist for both The Bird Artist and The Northern Lights. His other works include The Haunting of L., a novel, and The Chauffeur, a collection of stories. Norman has received a Lannan Award in fiction. He resides in Vermont and Washington, D.C.

Orphaned by a zeppelin crash at age nine, DeFoe Russet was raised in a Halifax, Nova Scotia, hotel by his magnetic uncle Edward. Now thirty, DeFoe works with Edward as a guard in Halifax's three-room Glace Museum. He and his uncle disturb the silence of the museum with heated conversations that prove them to be "opposites at life." Away from the museum, DeFoe courts the affection of Imogen Linny, the young caretaker of the small Jewish cemetery. Everything changes when Imogen, inspired by the arrival of a painting, Jewess on a Street in Amsterdam, abandons Halifax for the ennobled life she imagines for the painting's subjecteven amid the growing perilousness of being a Jew in Amsterdam. Set against the impending events of World War II, The Museum Guard, the second book of Norman's Canadian trilogy, explores the mysteries of identity and self-determination, and the desire to step out of the ordinary into an alluring and dangerous sphere of action.

"A spellbinding tale about love and identity. By a longshot, Norman's best book, thrilling and utterly memorable."Michael Upchurch, Chicago Tribune

"Deftly mysterious . . . [The Museum Guard] fairly glimmers with the originality of his complexly tragic vision."Richard Berstein, The New York Times

"The Museum Guard is a truly literary story, rich in language and character, incredibly dynamic and cinematic. The remarkable end will haunt you long after you close this brilliant book."Georgia Jones-Davis, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The Museum Guard displays magical strengths."Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

"[Norman's work] proves exquisite like pieces of folk art whose simplicity postpones a sly impact."Thomas Mallon

Synopsis:

Orphaned by a zeppelin crash at age nine, DeFoe Russet was raised in a Halifax, Nova Scotia, hotel by his magnetic uncle Edward. Now thirty, DeFoe works with Edward as a guard in Halifax's three-room Glace Museum. He and his uncle disturb the silence of the museum with heated conversations that prove them to be "opposites at life." Away from the museum, DeFoe courts the affection of Imogen Linny, the young caretaker of the small Jewish cemetery. Everything changes when Imogen, inspired by the arrival of a painting, Jewess on a Street in Amsterdam, abandons Halifax for the ennobled life she imagines for the painting's subject—even amid the growing perilousness of being a Jew in Amsterdam. Set against the impending events of World War II, The Museum Guard, the second book of his Canadian trilogy, explores the mysteries of identity and self-determination, and the desire to step out of the ordinary into an alluring and dangerous sphere of action.

About the Author

Howard Norman is a National Book Award finalist for both The Northern Lights and The Bird Artist. His other works include The Chauffeur, a collection of stories, and The Haunting of L., his most recent novel. He received a Lannan Award in fiction. He resides in Vermont and Washington D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312204273
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Norman, Howard
Author:
Norman
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Nova scotia
Subject:
Museums
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990924
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Orphaned by a zeppelin crash at age nine, DeFoe Russet was raised in a Halifax, Nova Scotia, hotel by his magnetic uncle Edward. Now thirty, DeFoe works with Edward as a guard in Halifax's three-room Glace Museum. He and his uncle disturb the silence of the museum with heated conversations that prove them to be "opposites at life." Away from the museum, DeFoe courts the affection of Imogen Linny, the young caretaker of the small Jewish cemetery. Everything changes when Imogen, inspired by the arrival of a painting, Jewess on a Street in Amsterdam, abandons Halifax for the ennobled life she imagines for the painting's subject—even amid the growing perilousness of being a Jew in Amsterdam. Set against the impending events of World War II, The Museum Guard, the second book of his Canadian trilogy, explores the mysteries of identity and self-determination, and the desire to step out of the ordinary into an alluring and dangerous sphere of action.

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