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Behind the Scenes at the Museumby Kate Atkinson
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Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year
Kate Atkinson’s dazzling debut novel is a deeply moving story of family heartbreak and happiness.
Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets.
"Stunning....[A] treasure chest bursting with the painful, pitiful, sad, always fascinating details of the most ordinary of lives." Los Angeles Times
"Well received in England, where it won the Whitbread award, Behind the Scenes at the Museum... marks the debut of a distinctive new voice that should appeal to readers who enjoy the panache of a Fay Weldon or the witty inventiveness of a Carol Shields. And it strikes a nice balance between fantasty and reality." Christian Science Monitor
"Remarkable...full of the grimness, grit, and grandeur of Yorkshire life...one of the funniest books to come out of Britain in years." New York Times Book Review
"This first novel is, as far as I can tell, perfect. Behind the Scenes at the Museum is a marvelously constructed, well-writeen, fast-moving chronicle of four generations of women in a Yorkshire family....It's hard to do justice to this lovely novel....Funny, engrossing, passionate." Trenton Times
"Breathtaking...Atkinson's luminescent imagery is sure and sophisticated, poetic and darkly comic. That such an ambitious and brilliantly realized novel is also the author's first is absolutely astonishing." Amanda Heller
Ruby Lennox begins narrating her own life at the moment of her conception, and from there takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a girl determined to learn more about her family and the secrets it keeps.
About the Author
Kate Atkinson was born in York, and now lives in Edinburgh with her two daughters.
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