Police procedural set in wintry Amsterdam
The Museum of Broken Promises
Location(s): Paris, Prague
Era(s): 1986/current day
Laure, a half English, half French woman, sets up a museum in Paris, the Museum of Broken Promises.
People come with objects to donate, which represent promises broken by themselves or others. Every day she listens to people recount their stories & finds the best place to display that object, be it a baby tooth, an embroidered pillowcase or a return train ticket.
When a young American girl, May, arrives at the museum, she starts to disinter Laure’s own secrets.
The novel moves between Paris & Prague of the 1980s, before the fall of communism.
It is a truly amazing book, heartstopping & heartrending in equal parts!
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