The Museum of Failures

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Algonquin Books
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6.33 X 9.27 X 1.02 inches | 1.16 pounds

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About the Author
Thrity Umrigar is the bestselling author of nine previous novels, including Honor, which was a Reese's Book Club Pick, as well as three picture books and a memoir. Her books have been published in over fifteen countries and in several languages. A former journalist, she has contributed to the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and other newspapers. She is a recipient of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, and winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Seth Rosenberg prize and a Lambda Literary award. She is currently a Distinguished University Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.
"The Museum of Failures is a compassionate and insightful exploration of judgment, forgiveness, and understanding. A skilled chronicler of family secrets, Thrity Umrigar reveals the reverberation that decisions can have over generations and the impact of distance, both geographical and psychological, on the relationship of one mother and son."

--Lisa Ko, author of National Book Award finalist The Leavers
"Wrenching and uplifting, lighthearted and profound, The Museum of Failures is a suspenseful, beautifully plotted tribute to the complicated yet steadfast love between parents and children."

--Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning
"[Umrigar] creates interesting characters and complex relationships, builds thematic tension and narrative suspense, and delivers emotionally resonant moments at just the right pace... [A] rich, heartfelt novel. This is a touching story about what it really means to grow up and into an authentic life."--Kirkus Reviews
"There's no powder keg like a family secret. And when it explodes, nothing in the past is ever as it was, and nothing in the future is ever the same. The Museum of Failures is a symphony of secrets and lies, love and hate, regret and forgiveness, but more than that, the unraveling of everything one holds dear to find something more precious and elusive: oneself. Powerful and engrossing."

--Marlon James Booker Prize winning Author of Moon Witch, Spider King
"Family secrets are constellations made of falling stars. When scattered across the vast expanse of our lives, they lead us, guide us, but often in the wrong direction. With Thrity Umrigar's signature blend of emotional depth and compassionate storytelling, The Museum of Failures is a poignant and profound exploration of what happens when someone's entire life, their entire journey, has been spent off-course. I feel this book. You will too."--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy
"The story of the Wadia family is a sensitive exploration of love in its different forms--romantic, maternal, filial, platonic--and forgiveness. Umrigar's fluid prose and well-wrought characters capture the milieu of the Parsi community past and present. Paired with the emotionally demanding story line, this is a compelling read."--Booklist
"An expert storyteller, Thirty Umrigar knows how to weave a tale of family secrets, relationships, tradition and acceptance. Layered and captivating."--Ms.
"This is a beautifully wrought novel about the complicated relationships between parents and children, the secrets we keep -- and those we reveal."--B&N
"[A] rich and emotionally gripping story about familial love and the destructive power of secrets... Umrigar continues to impress."--Publishers Weekly
"A beautifully written, heart-warming, and welcoming glimpse into the Parsi community and the complications of family."----Jessica Trotter, Capital Area District Libraries, Mich., Shelf Awareness
"Thrity Umrigar's evocative novel explores the personal, political, and cultural reckonings of an immigrant son discovering compassion and forgiveness."--Christian Science Monitor
"A powerful family drama."--Akron Beacon Journal
"Remy grapples with his notions of home, devastating family secrets and impending fatherhood in this emotional novel from the bestselling author of Honor."--PEOPLE Magazine
"Immersive, intimate, and deeply felt, Thrity Umrigar's The Museum of Failures explores the power of forgiveness and the eternal possibility of new beginnings."--PEN America / The PEN 10
"Instructive as well as moving... As she captures the anguish of people torn between two worlds, Umrigar's own writing takes on a cinematic brilliance."--BookReporter

Named a Best/Most Anticipated Book of Fall/2023 by PEOPLE Magazine, Amazon, Goodreads, Ms., We Are Bookish, SheReads, Christian Science Monitor, Literary Hub, BookBub, Book Bistro, & more.

"Deep and meaningful, The Museum of Failures challenges us to examine our own relationships with home and family, acknowledging our pain and creating a future that tells a new story."--Chapter16
"[A] powerful novel of family and secrets."--Largehearted Boy