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The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan

The Museum of Broken Promises

Elizabeth Buchan

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Imprint: Corvus
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 5 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781786495280

The stunning new novel from bestselling Elizabeth Buchan. The Museum of Broken Promises is a beautiful, evocative love-story and a heart-breaking exploration of some of the darkest moments in European history.

4 stars out of 5
9 Sep 2019

"Can she reconcile her past in this riveting read?"

In present-day Paris is The Museum of Broken Promises, whose artefacts represents betrayals and lies. Found and curator Laure has been inspired and scarred by her own broken promises (as a young girl she fell in love with Tomas, a dissident musician in communist, mid-1980s Prague). Can she reconcile her past in this riveting read?

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5 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
6 Sep 2019

"Buchan writes of young love with a gorgeous tenderness...The Museum of Broken Promises is enthralling and beautifully written"

Buchan writes of young love with a gorgeous tenderness. Laure watches Tomas play the guitar and becomes “intensely alive . . . stripped of fear and shyness”. We know that their affair will end with a broken promise, but we do not know how. Laure’s employers — Communist Party members called Petr and Eva — become ever more sinister. There are traitors among Tomas’s friends, and state goons watch Laure and Tomas as they kiss in doorways.

In modern Paris a young journalist arrives to write a feature on the museum. She probes into Laure’s past and the events of that hot, lust-filled summer slowly emerge. The Museum of Broken Promises is enthralling and beautifully written.