"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
“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
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by Goodreads, Ms., We Are Bookish, SheReads, & BookBub
"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
"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
“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
“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
“[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
“[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