This item is not eligible for coupon offers.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition): A Novel

Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition): A Novel

by Kate Atkinson

Paperback

$18.00 View All Available Formats & Editions
Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on May 5, 2020

Overview

A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of award-winning, bestselling author Kate Atkinson’s debut novel, a deeply moving and deeply funny family story of happiness and heartbreak

National Bestseller

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Ruby Lennox begins narrating her own life at the moment of her conception and from there takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a girl determined to learn more about her family and the secrets it keeps. Kate Atkinson’s dazzling first novel, named the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year in England, is a darkly comic, deeply moving story of family heartbreak and happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250251503
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kate Atkinson is the author of multiple award-winning and bestselling books, including Transcription, A God in Ruins, Life After Life, Case Histories, Human Croquet, and Emotionally Weird. Her debut novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize in England. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Reading Group Guide

Discussion Questions

1. What do cupboards have to do with the story?

2. More than one reviewer compared Behind the Scenes at the Museum to Tristram Shandy and to the works of Marcel Proust and Charles Dickens. What might these novels have in common? How does Kate Atkinson update or expand upon the earlier books' use of narration and history?

3. One of Atkinson's innovations is her use of footnotes. Why do you think she adopted this non- fiction technique in a novel?

4. Although this novel is very much about a specific time and place, it has been embraced by audiences in twelve countries, in as many languages. What gives Behind the Scenes at the Museum such a universal appeal?

5. What is the meaning of the book's title?

6. What other fictional narrators does Ruby Lennox bring to mind?

7. What does Behind the Scenes at the Museum say about women's roles and opportunities in the family and in the world at large? What do the four generations of women in Ruby's family have in common?

8. Behind the Scenes at the Museum generated controversy in England when a critic called it "anti-family." How would you defend the book against this charge? What other novels, now considered classics, might have had to face this sort of accusation?