FICTION

The Museum of Forgotten Memories

Gallery: S. & S. Nov. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781982126896. pap. $16.99. F
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DEBUT NOVEL Cate Morris is at the end of her rope. She’s been laid off from her teaching position, and her London flat has been sold out from under her just when she needs its stability for herself and her 19-year-old son Leo, who has Down syndrome. She’s forced into moving to the only place left, Leo’s legacy from her late husband, Richard. Hatters Museum of the Wide Wide World, in tiny, remote Crouch-on-Sea, is filled with taxidermy animals. But Hatters is in tatters, as is Cate’s life. Faced with the museum’s irascible caretaker and imminent closure, not to mention the unwelcoming villagers, Cate and Leo get caught up in the lies that bind the town and the family together, weighed down by a legacy that will be either the making or the breaking of them.
VERDICT Short story writer Harris’s debut novel is recommended for readers who like their relationship fiction on the literary side.

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