Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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 is the author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Not the End of the World, Case Histories, One Good Turn, and Life after Life. She lives in Edinburgh, England.