Metropolitan Stories by Christine Coulson audiobook

Metropolitan Stories: A Novel

By Christine Coulson
Read by Jill Eikenberry

Blackstone Publishing 9781590510582

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 01/07/2020

    ISBN: 9781982614782

  • Available on 01/07/2020

    ISBN: 9781982614775

  • Available on 01/07/2020

    ISBN: 9781982614799

Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

From a writer who worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than twenty-five 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The Met that emerges from these stories is both grandiose and cheerfully mundane, a place so packed with wonders that no one person can know them all. Those who think they know the place will be beguiled by the look behind the scenes; those unfamiliar with it will be prompted to make its acquaintance.” Publishers Weekly
“In this series of loosely linked surreal vignettes, Coulson takes us on a tour of the hidden world that tourists never see…An alternative guidebook to [the Met’s] rich treasures.” Kirkus Reviews
“Written with elegance, wit, and a flair for comic genius, Metropolitan Stories describes the museum world as it is and as it strives to be. Coulson is a brilliant narrator of the fantastical and the all-too-plausible excesses of curators and museum directors. Her infectious sense of fun, her steady flow of insights into the human heart and its foibles, her wanton but beady-eyed attention to blind ambition, her passion for art itself, and most of all her deep sense of human character make this not only a delightful book, but also a deeply rewarding one. It marks the emergence of a major new talent.” Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon
“Only someone who deeply loves and understands the Metropolitan Museum could deliver such madcap, funny, magical, tender, intimate fables and stories. We are swept away in the museum. Beauty abounds. Yearning too. The art literally comes to life. And it makes perfect sense.” Maira Kalman, author of The Principles of Uncertainty

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Author

Author Bio: Christine Coulson

Author Bio: Christine Coulson

Christine Coulson began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991 as a summer intern in the European Paintings Department. She returned in 1994, and over the next twenty-five years, rose through the ranks of the Museum, working in the development office, the director’s office, and the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. She recently left the Met to write full time.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Audience: Adult
Language: English