Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

eBook - 1995 | First Picadore USA edition.
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In her profoundly moving, uniquely comic debut, Kate Atkinson introduces readers to the mind and world of Ruby Lennox, born above a pet shop in York at the halfway point of the twentieth century, and determined to understand both the family that precedes her and the life that awaits her. Taking her own conception as her starting point, the irrepressible Ruby narrates a story of four generations of women, from her great-grandmother's affair with a French photographer, to her mother's unfulfilled dreams of Hollywood glamour, to her young sister's efforts to upstage the Queen on Coronation Day. Hurtling in and out of both World Wars, economic downfalls, the onset of the permissive '60s, and up to the present day, Ruby paints a rich and vivid portrait of family heartbreak and happiness.
Publisher: ©1995
New York :, Picadore USA,, [1997, 1995]
Edition: First Picadore USA edition.
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9781466842663
1466842660
9780312150600
0312150601
Characteristics: 1 online resource (332 pages)
Summary: In her profoundly moving, uniquely comic debut, Kate Atkinson introduces readers to the mind and world of Ruby Lennox, born above a pet shop in York at the halfway point of the twentieth century, and determined to understand both the family that precedes her and the life that awaits her. Taking her own conception as her starting point, the irrepressible Ruby narrates a story of four generations of women, from her great-grandmother's affair with a French photographer, to her mother's unfulfilled dreams of Hollywood glamour, to her young sister's efforts to upstage the Queen on Coronation Day. Hurtling in and out of both World Wars, economic downfalls, the onset of the permissive '60s, and up to the present day, Ruby paints a rich and vivid portrait of family heartbreak and happiness.

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uncommonreader
Jun 17, 2018

Set in York, the narrator, born in 1951, tells the story of her family, past and present. It is often funny, and insightful about the relationship between mothers and daughters. Very readable.

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fpsutka
Jun 07, 2018

I think that she is a great writer but I agree with a previous comment. I got confused in her chapters that switched back and forth in time although I know that is trendy now. She mentions wars but doesn't state which war she is actually writing about. I especially enjoyed the last chapter - it reminded me of my mom.

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BurfordGirl
Nov 06, 2013

I'm currently reading a paperback copy of this book (found at the SPL Book Sale) and am almost unable to put it down. This is my first Kate Atkinson, and I'm thrilled to see that she has written more books--can't wait to read those as well!

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jaycrossing
Sep 14, 2013

Kate Atchison is an enormously talented writer. I wasn't disappointed in this book but more confused with the way the story keeps digressing between generations and between past and present, which seems to be one of her trademarks but just a bit more discombobulating than in her other books. Still, it's quite an enjoyable read by a first-rate author.

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lisamcd
Mar 29, 2013

I cannot get interested in this book either. I am going to skip the rest of it and see if I like her mystery novels better.

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hollyheartsYA
Jul 09, 2012

I loved Ruby Lennox's voice, I thought she captured the essence of childhood very well and later adolescence too. The characters in this family are deeply flawed but enjoyable all the same. The alternating chapters break up the narration (which is sometimes distracting) but it's fun learning all these tidbits and having them factor in the story later. Plus, there's a Doctor Who reference and Doctor Who is made of win!

Mallevato Jan 02, 2012

Could not get interested in this book, I generally like the author but rated other books by her in a higher category.

this is an excellent story from start to finish.Well developed plot with respectful hints at the sudden twist presented at the 'happy' ending. A must read

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jpkelly
Dec 20, 2011

Behind the Scenes at the Museum is pitch perfect, truly stunning. At once funny (often times excruciatingly so) and dark, family dysfunction colors and warps the Yorkshire world of narrator, Ruby, in subtle and surprising ways. Really -- I am not prone to hyperbole, but if you read a better novel this year, I'd be very surprised.

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