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Behind the Scenes at the Museum

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum

From the moment Ruby Lennox announces her own conception ("I exist!"), it is clear that she is a narrator who will leave no stone unturned in her account of family life above a pet shop in England. Not content simply to describe her own circumstances, Ruby investigates the lives of the women in family both past and present, from her great-grandmother's affair with a French photographer to her mother's unfulfilled dreams of Hollywood glamour. Hurtling in and out of both World Wars, economic downfalls, the onset of the permissive '60's, and up to the present day, Ruby paints a rich and vivid portrait of heartbreak and happiness, and from it draws a rare understanding of the shared secrets, hopes and failures that unite every family.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
by Kate Atkinson

  • Publication Date: January 18, 2013
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN-10: 0312150601
  • ISBN-13: 9780312150600