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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 16/06/2016
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Clover Quinn was a surprise. She used to imagine she was the good kind, now she's not sure. She'd like to ask Dad about it, but growing up in the saddest chapter of someone else's story is difficult. She tries not to skate on the thin ice of his memories. Darren has done his best. He's studied his daughter like a seismologist on the lookout for waves and surrounded her with everything she might want - everything he can think of, at least - to be happy. What Clover wants is answers. This summer, she thinks she can find them in the second bedroom, which is full of her mother's belongings. Volume isn't important, what she is looking for is essence; the undiluted bits: a collection of things that will tell the full story of her mother, her father and who she is going to be. But what you find depends on what you're searching for.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780091959609
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 33 mm


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"Carys Bray's words are filled with the most incredible tenderness and wisdom, and every character is so rich, they each become a story in their own right. The Museum of You is beautiful and clever, and honest. I loved every moment of it" -- Joanna Cannon, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP
"Wonderfully honest and moving ... communicates with skill the overwhelming power of loss through the mouths of ordinary people in ordinary situations, making her observations all the richer" -- Carol Midgley * The Times *
"It is funny, earthy, truthful; and beyond that, it is bold ... [Clover] is an utterly convincing child, an optimistic realist ... her story and hinterland come to life with exceptional energy." -- Helen Dunmore * The Guardian *
"The Museum of You had me laughing, weeping and reading late into the night ... poignant and uplifting ... it's a confident second novel that never strays far from real life - and one that assures her a very bright future" * Stylist *
"In less skilful hands, this could easily become mawkish or sentimental. But Bray's talent is her understated emotion and wry humour ... it is in the relationships between parents and children that Bray's prose becomes luminescent ... Wise, moving and tender, [The Museum of You] confirms Bray as a perceptive and sensitive storyteller" -- Hannah Beckerman * Observer *
"A moving and surprisingly funny novel" * The Independent *
"Poetically and sensitively written ... the main theme - the instinctive aspiration and optimism of children - is an uplifting one" * Daily Mail *
"A beautifully written tale of loss, love and handwritten exhibition labels" * Pyschologies *
"Packed with a wonderfully drawn cast of eccentric neighbours and friends who make up their extended family, Bray spins a witty and tender story from this quirky starting point. The power of memory, the impact of grief and the importance of family are all explored as slowly revealed secrets intensify the novel's emotional punch." * Sunday Mirror *
"Tender and touching, Bray gets to the heart of how grief can stunt and stall lives." * Sunday Express, S Magazine *
"A beautifully touching and moving read" * Good Housekeeping *
"Compassionate and hugely enjoyable" -- Eithne Farry * Mail on Sunday *
"A heartwarmingly beautiful story and an absolute joy of a novel. Five stars just doesn't seem enough." * The Sun *
"A poignant story of a father and daughter relationship." * Prima, Books of the Year *
"A beautifully written and emotionally insightful coming-of-age tale" * Daily Mail EVENT Magazine *

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“A Dysfunctional Family In The Process Of Healing. ”

Carys Bray writes literary fiction about the kind of people that literary fiction often ignores. Her first novel featured a Mormon family falling apart at the seams; The Museum Of You is about twelve year old Clover... More

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“It has the ability to linger in the readers mind for some considerable time.”

This is such a charmingly sweet story. Built on grief but also portrays hope, happiness and love.

Clover lives with her dad Darren .. he is a single parent desperately trying to fulfil the roles of both parents.... More

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“Beautifully imagined and expertly told”


The Museum of You by Carys Bray is another incredible addition to the treasures of 2016. I was totally bewitched by the writing, the story and the absolutely wonderfully created characters. The story consumed me, the... More

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