Meet Me at the Museum

Meet Me at the Museum

Book - 2018
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Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award

"The charmer of the summer."

"Warm-hearted, clear-minded, and unexpectedly spellbinding, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to savor."
--Annie Barrows, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

In Denmark, Professor Anders Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife and his hopes for the future. On an isolated English farm, Tina Hopgood is trapped in a life she doesn't remember choosing. Both believe their love stories are over.

Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaney's famous poem, they begin writing letters to one another. And from their vastly different worlds, they find they have more in common than they could have imagined. As they open up to one another about their lives, an unexpected friendship blooms. But then Tina's letters stop coming, and Anders is thrown into despair. How far are they willing to go to write a new story for themselves?

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250295163
Branch Call Number: YOUNGSON
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 19 cm


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May 07, 2019

A rare jewel of a book. It is spare, thought provoking, beautiful to look at and hold in your hands. Just up my personal alley.

Mar 11, 2019

This was a charming little book, but it takes a very skilled hand to make the epistolary style work, and this felt contrived. The plot strained credulity. I also felt that the voices were too similar.

Feb 09, 2019

Unusual but thought provoking book

Dec 26, 2018

While I found this a nice and interesting read, I also felt like I just wanted a little bit more. I've read and enjoyed a few epistolary novels and I find I can get lost in the story and forget that it's made up of letters. For the most part, this story read like correspondence and I never truly got lost in the story-telling. I found Anders and Tina to be very likable and wanted to see their friendship flourish. Anders' life was fascinating to me and his relationship with his children was very sweet. There was also a strong feminist slant to the story while Tina grapples with the choices she has made throughout her life and/or those thrust upon her. Both Tina and Anders were characters of strength, but it was their self-discovery through letter writing and emails that propelled the story. Overall, a fairly nice story.

LPL_PolliK Dec 06, 2018

Oh, folks, this one is a right charmer! Beautifully written and full of heart and truth, this is an epistolary novel written between strangers who find a common ground when one writes the other regarding one of Europe's famous Bog People, Tollund Man. Tina and Anders feel that love may have eluded them, but as they write to each other over the course of a year, they realize there may be a second act after all. It's a short book, but I kept stopping to ponder the wisdom and savor the words. Uplifting and warm. If you liked the "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", you'll love this book.

VaughanPLDaniela Nov 04, 2018

A charming, heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between two people at a crossroads in life. Meet me at the Museum is a novel about reaching for something more and exploring our innermost thoughts and desires.

Oct 15, 2018

This is a wonderful read. The writing is just right, not overly wordy but perfectly pitched throughout. Inspiring without being overly sweet, believable and current but not grating, I can’t wait for more from Anne Youngson!

Sep 28, 2018

Pensive and wistful, pondering universal and timeless themes of love, happiness, and fulfillment. One of those books where you turn the last page and close the cover with a feeling of contentment.

Sep 16, 2018

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The language is beautifully written. I became very engaged with both characters. Afterwards I decided they were at different stages of their lives but that does not stop them from being sympathetic and supportive of each other. I hope there are more books like this from this author.

Aug 09, 2018

This is a quiet book, but so, so lovely. A middle-aged farmer's wife writes a letter to a museum, only half hoping for a response. When the museum curator answers her letter, it begins a correspondence about life, choices not made, families, and many other things. Beautifully written.


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