Museum of Stones reveals a possessive/obsessive world of a love that must be released. An exceptional child collects too many rocks, invents a garbage recycler that runs amok, does not “play well.” His mother takes their relationship to extremes, threatening her sanity and health, a wrenching yet often funny account.
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About the Author
Lynn Lurie is the author of three novels, Corner of the Dead (2008), winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction, Quick Kills (2014) and Museum of Stones (early 2019).
An attorney with an MA in international affairs and an MFA in writing, she is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and currently teaches creative writing and literature to incarcerated men. She has served as a translator and administrator on medical trips to South America providing surgery free of charge to children, and has mentored at Girls Write Now in New York City.
Read an Excerpt
The clouds, pale wisps of white, skeins of wool, slowly unravel. He gives them names. Accumulatory, bluefalling, collidicus.
He runs across a wooden bridge. When he is close to the arch in the climbing bars, I yell Duck. He yells back, Goose.
I help him collect molting caterpillars. He studies the sequence of black dots across their backs and sketches the patterns into his notebook.
At night he chases fireflies, trapping them in a glass jar with a metal lid my husband riddled with holes. He records the intervals between the flickering.
The car pool is coming.
I don’t know how to swim.
I signed you up for archery.
Sign me down, he says. I’ve no interest in arrows either.
What People are Saying About This
Parenthood has its many nightmaresa sizable genre of which could be labelled 'The Inadequacy of One's Love.' Lynn Lurie's Museum of Stones is a devastating and beautiful collage of such nightmarish scenes, broken shards layered to accurately reflect decades of heartbreaking and terrifying tableaux, now muffled (yet terrorizing still) in the cotton of memory. And yet what thin, sweet ray does shoot through is that the love, indeed, was human-sized and enough.
Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs, Fog & Car, and The Strangers
Museum of Stones is a dreamy, haunting, clamorous book by one of the bravest souls anywhere.
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