The Museum of You – Carys Bray
From page one, I loved this book.
It doesn’t have a complex plot. There isn’t a big mystery to solve.
It’s just a beautifully written, stunningly observed tale of life, love and loss.
Clover is twelve, just beginning her first independent summer holiday being allowed home on her own whilst dad, Darren is at work. What she does with her time is catalogued alongside what Darren is coping with, learning about being a single dad as he goes along. Clover looks after the allotment and makes sure everything is regularly watered whilst Dad is at work, and when that job is finished she has secret project that she is working on at home. The Museum of You is helping Clover to learn more about her mother, and indirectly about herself – as she points out, she’s made from only half a recipe, because she only knows half of her ingredients.
The language in this little book is quite stunning; simple in many ways, but so eloquent and descriptive. The characters are beautifully developed and the pictures painted of the lives they lead quite amazing.
Such a treat to read this book – not my usual choice of subject, but I’m so glad that I found it. Many thanks to the publishers, Random House UK, Cornerstone, for providing a pre-release copy for review, via Netgalley.