Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Paperback)
A deeply moving family story of happiness and heartbreak, "Behind the Scenes""at the Museum" is bestselling author Kate Atkinson's award-winning literary debut.
Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year
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. Kate Atkinson's first novel is "a multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years" ("The New York Times ""B""ook Review").
About the Author
Kate Atkinson s first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named Whitbread Book of the Year in the UK in 1995. Several of her works are New York Times bestsellers, including Starting Early, Took My Dog and When Will There Be Good News? She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, and One Good Turn. She lives in Edinburgh.
"Remarkable . . . A multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years."—Ben Mcintryre, The New York Times Book Review "Scoundrels, malcontents, misfits, and cheats. Every family has them, though seldom are they handled with the winsome wit and wisecrackery that make Behind the Scenes at the Museum such a smart and funny read."—The Washington Times "Startlingly original . . . A poignant and beautifully wrought portrait of a young girl's growth."—Johanna Stoberock, The Seattle Times
"Really comic, really tragic, bracingly unsentimental . . . What a triumph! What joy!"—The Boston Sunday Globe
"An effervescent, affecting delight."—Rebecca Radner, The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle