Behind the Scenes at the Museum

A Novel

Kate Atkinson

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National Bestseller
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.

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Praise for Behind the Scenes at the Museum

"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

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Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is the author of a short-story collection, Not the End of the World, and five critically acclaimed novels including Case Histories and One Good Turn. She lives in Edinburgh, England.

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum
A Novel
Kate Atkinson


Whitbread Book Award - Winner

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St. Martin's Press
April 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466842663
ISBN10: 1466842660
336 pages

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
November 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312150600
ISBN10: 0312150601
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages

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