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Behind the Scenes at the Museum: A Novel
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A deeply moving family story of happiness and heartbreak, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is bestselling author Kate Atkinson's award-winning literary debut. National Bestseller Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets. Kate Atkinson's first novel is "a multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years" (The New York Times Book Review).

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Edition:
Unabridged
Street Date:
09/11/2018
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781977305794
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Kate Atkinson. (2018). Behind the Scenes at the Museum: A Novel. Unabridged Tantor Media, Inc.

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Kate Atkinson. 2018. Behind the Scenes At the Museum: A Novel. Tantor Media, Inc.

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Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes At the Museum: A Novel. Tantor Media, Inc, 2018.

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Kate Atkinson. Behind the Scenes At the Museum: A Novel. Unabridged Tantor Media, Inc, 2018.

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