March 18, 2021
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
Genre/Categories: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Epistolary, Friendship, England, Denmark, Archeology
In 2020, I decided to systematically revisit my older review posts and update them. On Thursdays, I’ll be re-sharing a few of these great reads, and today I look forward to sharing my review of a reflective story, Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson, in which strangers become friends.
I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.
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What is the chance that a letter to a stranger will lead to a deep friendship?
“Told in epistolary format, the story in Meet Me at the Museum unfolds from alternating viewpoints as we meet the two main characters through their letters. Tina is a hard-working, loyal, and duty bound English farmer’s wife, mother, and grandmother, and she is also grieving the recent loss of her best friend, Bella. In thinking of the past, she remembers the promise that she and Bella made to each other to visit the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark to see the mummified Tolland Man from the Iron Age. Life intervened and now Tina is in her 60s and her friend is gone. She is inspired to write to Professor Glob, author of The Bog People, who mentions school children in the dedication of his book (our fictional Tina is one of the school children). Tina isn’t aware that Glob has died, so quiet, kind, and introspective Anders, curator of the Denmark museum, writes back to Tina. Tina and Anders begin a thoughtful and heartfelt correspondence. Anders is grieving the recent loss of his wife and through letters, Anders and Tina share intimate details of their lives with each other and express thoughts that they have difficulty sharing with anyone else. As they discuss archeology, the Tolland Man, their philosophies of life, grief, and their families, they develop an endearing and unique friendship that could possibly lead to more.”
Letter writing: “holding onto the softness and elegance” of the old ways.”
Continue here for my full review of Meet Me at the Museum ….
Have you read Meet Me at the Museum or is it on your TBR?
Do you end up getting a lot of traffic to your older posts??
Sometimes! It’s amazing to me the amount of people who say they’ve never heard of it or that it’s been languishing on their TBR. So I feel like I’m providing a real service to the book and author. The most important benefit is that it motivates me to update old posts…other benefits: (1) old posts are sorely in need of updating (2) updating helps your DA (mine went up several points as soon as I started updating) (3) it gives me one more post per week that’s easy to generate and promote (without having to generate new content) which helps my overall blog views
Also…I just looked and my original Museum post has received 43 views today as of 5pm. I’ll take them! 😂😂😂
I haven’t heard of this one!
It’s a fairly quiet story!
Interesting premise. I for one love getting handwritten letters/cards 😍
It’s a sweet correspondence!
Archaeology? That is so cool! I haven’t read a book that discusses archaeology.
It was interesting!
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