Dispatches from the frontiers of love
Katia and Goran are in love. Tyler is in therapy. On a summer trip to Zagreb, the couple discover an unusual museum—a museum that displays mementos of broken relationships. Inside, Goran stumbles upon an exhibit that seems to be addressed to him, from a girl he met in a Sarajevo refugee camp at age fourteen. What follows is a whirlwind summer of reconnecting with lost pasts: Goran confronts the youth he lost during the Yugoslav Wars, Katia heads to Brazil to find her roots, and Afghanistan veteran Tyler pours out his soul. Set against alternating backdrops of violent circumstances, this novel is a soulful testament to the uncontainable flourishing of the human heart.
October 1, 2019
“These interconnected stories are both achingly affecting and archly realistic.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Gary Barker writes as beautifully and efficiently as any writer I’ve read―not an unnecessary sentence in the entire book. He is Hemingway without the false macho energy, and The Museum of Lost Love is an extraordinary testament to the enduring power of our pasts.” —RICHARD REYES-GAVILAN, Executive Director, Washington DC Public Libraries
“The emotional heft of The Museum of Lost Love is obvious from the first page and never lets up. The characters breathe, they love, they mourn. They stay with you.” —JENNIFER FOX, Writer/Director/Producer of the award-winning film The Tale
“War and love are eternal subjects of literature. Therefore, writing about them requires not only a brave, but also a skillful writer. Using The Museum of Lost Love as his frame, and mixing documents and stories, Gary Barker found an interesting way to connect his lovers over time and continents, telling about their moving, hopeless, tragic but also fulfilling struggles for love.” —SLAVENKA DRAKULIC