Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
What’s it about?
This short novel is comprised of letters back and forth between two people later in their lives. Tina Hopgood lives on an isolated English farm with her husband and grown children. Tina has been fascinated by the Tolland Man since her youth. She decides to write to a well-known professor working at the museum with a question about the Tolland Man. She comes to find that the professor she is seeking is dead, but begins an unlikely correspondence with Danish anthropologist Anders Larsen. Through these letters both characters explore the choices made in their respective lives, and the consequences of those choices.
What did it make me think about?
The choices we make in our youth affect the rest of our lives. Yet, we often make them without much thought towards the future . This novel explores the choices both Tina and Anders have made and asks- "Are we ever too old to begin again? ".
Should I read it?
I thoroughly enjoyed this short novel. The first few pages were slow but it picked right up and I was quickly engrossed in the story. Tina and Anders are characters I will miss. This is a thoughtful novel that may resonate more with a more mature reader.
"Our letters have meant so much to us because we both have arrived at the same point in our lives. More behind us than than ahead of us. Paths chosen that define us. Enough time to change."
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!