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#MeetMeAtTheMuseum by Anne Youngson

By Pamelascott

When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn't expect a reply.

When Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, neither does he.

They're both searching for something - they just don't know it yet.

Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Tina is trapped in a marriage she doesn't remember choosing.

Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. But then Tina's letters suddenly cease, and Anders is thrown into despair.

Can their unexpected friendship survive?

A deep and luminous novel of self-discovery and second chances, MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM is a heart-breaking celebration of love, life and the surprises it throws at us. In a story that is at once urgent and tender, Anne Youngson polishes the everyday until it gleams.


[Dear Professor Glob, although we have never met, you dedicated a book to me once, thirteen of my schoolmates and your daughter]


(@TransworldBooks, 17 May 2018, 210 pages, ebook, borrowed from @GlasgowLib via @OverDriveLibs)



I thought Tina was an elderly woman, in her sixties and seventies when I started to read this. I've got no idea why I thought this. Her age isn't really hinted at in the book. I think the fact she took the time to hand write a letter made me think she was quite old. So when it's revealed that she's likely to be a lot younger it floored me a little. Anyway, this is a delightful novella in the form of letters between Tina and Anders who strike up an unexpected friendship. It's a lovely little book. I enjoyed reading the letters so much and seeing the friendship that develops between these two lonely people on opposite sides of the world.

#MeetMeAtTheMuseum Anne Youngson

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