Read Atkinson in reverse- "Transcription" 1st, then "Life after Life" and "A God in Ruins"- which are 2 of my favourite books ever. Just finished her 1st book "Behind the Scenes..." and can understand how she improved her craft to lead us to the Todd family. Luv to meet her- she's 7 months older than myself, and my mother was born and raised in Yorkshire; becoming, for better or worse, a war bride married to a Canadian soldier.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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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