- Written By: Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić
- Published By: Grand Central Publishing, November 14, 2017
- Length: 224 pages
- Source: This book was sent to me from the publisher for a fair and honest review
In the spirit of Humans of New York and PostSecret, MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS is a gorgeous gift book celebrating the objects that outlast love: a poignant, funny, sometimes bizarre and always delightful window into modern love and loss.
A postcard from a childhood sweetheart. A wedding dress sealed in a jar. A roll of undeveloped film. An axe used to chop an ex-lover’s furniture in a fit of rage. A wind-up toy, a bar of bath soap, a tin of Love Potion with the simple caption “Doesn’t work.” These objects, and many more, make up the whimsical, imaginative, poignant population of the Museum of Broken Relationships. Started by two former lovers who wanted a way to commemorate their relationship even after it ended, who couldn’t bear to simply throw away the objects that had once meant so much, the Museum of Broken Relationships has captured hearts and imaginations around the globe since its founding in 2010. Anonymous submissions have poured in by the thousands: objects with brief, compelling captions confessing to the story behind their meaning. The museum’s Croatian exhibit quickly became a main draw for tourists from around the globe, and has garnered enthusiastic, glowing media attention from sources as disparate as the New York Times and the Chinese national news. Now, as the physical museum arrives for a permanent spot in Los Angeles, the authors have collected the best, funniest, most heartwarming and heartrending stories from their huge selection of submissions. Much like the bestselling Postsecret series, this beautiful oversized, four-color book will offer an irresistible glimpse inside other people’s secret worlds, creating moments of deep human connection. It is a must read for anyone who has ever loved and lost.
I wasn’t sure what to expect in this book, but I was curious as to what others would leave behind to remember past loves. Shown in one or two page stories including a photo of the item, the broken relationship length is shared and the location of where it came from. The story, or prose is told from a personal point of view and some are just gut wrenching. The objects and stories are donated to this Museum, which began as an art installation, and has since traveled to many cities and as stated above is now a permanent display in Los Angeles.
This is more of a book to peruse through at your leisure, one to have out on a coffee table and a conversation piece. I see it opening up to discussion of what item you might give to a broken relationship of your past, with friends or partners or family.
Thank you Grand Central Publishing for this very intimate and curious look into the hearts of other people. They have also offered two copies of The Museum of Broken Relationships to my readers. Contest open to US and Canadian addresses. Leave your information below to be entered. Winner will be chosen by random drawing Monday November 20th approximately 1am. Thanks so much and Good Luck