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Metropolitan Stories

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Metropolitan Stories

From a writer who worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than 25 years, an enchanting novel that shows us the Met that the public doesn't see.

Hidden behind the Picassos and Vermeers, the Temple of Dendur and the American Wing, exists another world: the hallways and offices, conservation studios, storerooms and cafeteria that are home to the museum's devoted and peculiar staff of 2,200 people --- along with a few ghosts.

A surreal love letter to this private side of the Met, METROPOLITAN STORIES unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which we discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. The result is a novel bursting with magic, humor and energetic detail, but also a beautiful book about introspection, an ode to lives lived for art, ultimately building a powerful collage of human experience and the world of the imagination.

Metropolitan Stories
by Christine Coulson

  • Publication Date: October 8, 2019
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press
  • ISBN-10: 1590510585
  • ISBN-13: 9781590510582