The In­som­nia Mu­seum ★★★

Sunday Times - - Review - Sally Par­tridge @sapartridge

Lau­rie Can­ciani, Head of Zeus, R265

At 17, Anna can’t re­mem­ber ever be­ing out­side her fa­ther’s crammed flat. She can’t read and spends her time re-watch­ing

The Wiz­ard of Oz with

a plas­tic Je­sus fig­urine. Her fa­ther, a drug ad­dict and hoarder, leaves only to bring back more junk for them to tinker with for their In­som­nia Mu­seum. Then one day her fa­ther doesn’t wake up and Anna calls the only other per­son she knows, a good Sa­mar­i­tan she met through the closed door. Anna’s ex­pe­ri­ence of the out­side world is dream­like and dis­torted, cre­at­ing an al­most un­trust­wor­thy nar­ra­tive where the reader en­coun­ters dys­func­tional char­ac­ters in a vi­o­lence-rid­den coun­cil es­tate from a child-like per­spec­tive. It makes for a dizzy­ing read.

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