Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
Tina Hopgood is a farmer’s wife in East Anglia grieving after the death of her best friend since childhood. She and her friend were intrigued by the Tollund Man so she writes the professor who first introduced them to the Iron Age man who was perfectly preserved in a Danish bog with some questions since both women planned to one day visit the Tollund Man but never managed to get there. That professor has passed away but her letter is answered by the curator of the museum in Denmark where the Tollund Man is located, Professor Anders Larsen. Anders has also suffered loss and like Tina is feeling lost in his life. Both find what they need most through their correspondence: someone to communicate with and ask the hard questions.
If you are looking for a lyrical and eloquent book that will make you think with every chapter look no further! Getting to know these two correspondants is a pleasure and I liked how they are both, through each other, able to take a step back and look at their lives. They can see both the unhappiness, which while overwhelming for so long in both their cases, is tempered by the small joys that life brings.
While I enjoyed the audiobook with the two voices (the male narrator had a lovely Danish accent) I wish I read the book so I could pour over the letters in detail slowly and absorb the philosophical questions posed by both characters. The book does make you think however it’s not overwhelming or heavy and there is a story that ties all the letters together and progresses with each new letter.
This is a celebration of the written word that will make you want to go out and purchase some nice note paper and stamps.