Meet Me at the Museum is Anne Youngson’s debut novel, released in early August of this year, and it is absolutely a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and structure of the book. It is the perfect weekend book, as it is a short, easy read.
The book is under 300 pages, and revolves around letter correspondence between two people. Literally, the whole book is made up of strictly letters between a man and a woman. I believe this is why it is so spellbinding. You are immediately caught up in the conversation between Anders Larsen, professor and curator of the Silkeborg Museum, and Tina Hopgood, a farmer’s wife and mother. They live vastly different lives in different places, with different experiences, but they find that they have quite a bit in common and that their differences complement each other’s.
Meet Me at the Museum is a beautiful tribute to love and friendship, ordinary life and being brave enough to make/accept changes. I found this novel fascinatingly interesting as the characters helped each other work out their thoughts, life crises, and quandaries. To have a friend whom you can be so open and vulnerable with is a true treasure. I found it interesting being able to see the slow evolution from strangers to friendship to something deeper, in the way they addressed each other and signed their letters, and also in the details that they shared with each other. You could watch the friendship take root and grow. It was beautiful.
I highly recommend this book, it’s a quick, easy read, but one that will surprise you in its depth and longevity. It will stay with you long after you close it. Meet Me at the Museum is officially on my list of favorite 2018 reads. Well done.
I give it a 8/10.
Liz Austin. Bibliophile. Writer. Book hoarder. I would rather be reading....