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Meet Me at the Museum

by Anne Youngson

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson X
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
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    Aug 2018, 224 pages
    Aug 6, 2019, 288 pages

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Susan U. (Milwaukee, WI)

Breath of fresh air
This book was gentle on my soul. It does not grab you and smack you but leads you on a leisurely stroll into two peoples lives and their growing friendship. It provided a welcome respite from some of the heavier genres that are popular right now although certainly not fluff. Character driven. Real life descriptions of the two main characters lives - joys, sorrows, fears, celebrations. A book to be savored.
Patricia W. (Homewood, AL)

Meet me at the Museum
I am so glad I received the ARC for this book. I loved it!

The whole book is letters between an English farmer's wife and the curator of a Danish museum. When her best friend passes away, she realizes their ambition to visit an exhibit in the Danish museum may never come about and if she goes, it will be without her friend. In writing a letter to the Professor who wrote an article about the exhibit, she gets a return letter from the curator informing her that he has passed away, too.

Their extended correspondence becomes enlightening and brings about life changes. Their sharing of their daily lives opens a new world to both of them at a time when they thought their age and circumstances did not lead to anything exciting.

A true friendship is made even though they have never met. They encourage each other to look at things in a different way and so doing they both learn a lot about themselves.

I loved the end with all the possibilities. I think book clubs would really enjoy this book. It has much to offer and think about.
Eileen C. (New York, NY)

Love in the time of grief
What a delightful book. It is moving—it brought me to tears more than once—beautifully written, and insightful. Anne Youngson's insights into human nature, love, what makes life meaningful, and the importance of family are remarkable. I turned down more than one page so that I could go back and reread something wise one character had written to another. Highly recommended. (It would make a fabulous book club book.)
Mary P. (Bellingham, WA)

Meet me at the Museum
I enjoyed this quiet, contemplative book, a correspondence between Tina Hapgood in Bury St. Edmonds, England, and Kristian Larsen, curator of Silkeborg Museum in Denmark, where Tollund Man, a 2,000 year-old preserved and found in a Danish Bog, resudes, Tina attended a lecture as a child, given by the former curator, who has since died. Her fascination has held through the years, and her letter to the former curator is answered by Kristian. Neither of them expect an extended correspondence, but they discovered, being about the same age and questioning their lives, much in common. Tina is in an unhappy marriage and Kristian is a widower. They have sadness in their lives, which they share with each other. The correspondence moves. from a somewhat detached mode to a dependence on being able to confide and not be censored or judged. The closings move from "Sincerely yours" to "Love." Is there a chance that they can join in person instead of their words on paper? A doubt is introduced, and the question is unanswered for the reader, who is left wondering and hoping that these two unhappy, intelligent, perceptive correspondents can have a happy, real relationship.
Rebecca H. (Bolton, CT)

Meet Me at the Museum
A gentle story about second chances, Meet Me at the Museum is a story about a friendship conducted entirely through letters. The characters explore themes of family, stagnation and change, finding joy in one's circumstances, love and loss, and the importance of place in our lives. As they continue to correspond, they share more with each other and learn more about each other than either one does with the people they actually live and work with. If you enjoy character-driven novels, and are in the mood for a story that is thought-provoking but not action-packed, this one is worth reading.
Elizabeth (Salem, OR)

I enjoyed the depiction of older middle aged people coming to terms with their remaining time and being satisfied with what has occurred and what can occur. And yet something surprising (to them) can still happen. I was a little disappointed in the convenient affair of Edward, Tina's husband. But Tina's subsequent insights into Edward and Daphne were quite sensitive.

I also thought that the evolution of both Tina's and Kristian's writing was quite well done.
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Joan V. (Miller Place, NY)

A friendship flourishes
Although "Meet Me at the Museum" is a short book, it is not one to speed through, but to savor. It is so nice to read a book about older people which does not ridicule them. I guess this is why it has been compared to "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry."
This is a book that makes you think about your own relationships with family, music, poetry and other things. The letters and emails between Tina and Kristian are like diary entries. We learn about their daily lives and their relationships. The book is so well written that by the end you feel as if you really know (and care) about these people.
Ms. Youngson writes in a beautiful descriptive way about nature and the personal events that take place in the book, this is why you want to slow down while reading and allow yourself to think about some of the passages.
I enjoyed it and I think it would make a good book club choice since there would be many topic to discuss.
Debra V. (Kenosha, WI)

Meet me— a story of second chances
I originally decided to give this book a less positive review but after going back and re-reading a few of their letters I found myself pulled back into the story of how a relationship builds. I enjoyed the way this novel used correspondence to tell the story of two lonely people who wonder if their life choices were the right ones. I was a little disappointed in some of the plot choices that the author used to drive the story to its conclusion—but all in all it was a book worth reading.

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