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The Souvenir Museum

by Elizabeth McCracken

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The Souvenir Museum by Elizabeth McCracken
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    Apr 2021, 256 pages

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A clever and touching collection of stories for any reader who has ever loved.

Elizabeth McCracken's book The Souvenir Museum is composed of 12 short stories populated by otherwise unremarkable characters who are made intriguing through an engaging and intimate narration of moments in their everyday lives.

The book opens and closes with stories that feature weddings. Marriage, parenting, childhood and family relationships run throughout the collection, with tensions and incongruities between family members, as well as their disappointments in one another, featuring frequently. Familial relationships are linked with travel; as McCracken's characters are rarely content in a single location, they are often in transit or associated with multiple places, as is captured in this passage of the story "Mistress Mickle All at Sea":

Expatriation was the family disease, hereditary: thanks to an immigrant ancestor, they all had Irish passports. The world was their oyster....

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