THE ASH MUSEUM
by Rebecca Smith
1944. The Battle of Kohima. James Ash dies leaving behind two families: his ‘wife’ Josmi and two children, Jay and Molly, and his parents and sister in England who know nothing about his Indian family.
2012. Emmie is raising her own daughter, Jasmine, in a world she wants to be very different from the racist England of her childhood. Her father, Jay, doesn’t even have a photograph of the mother he lost and still refuses to discuss his life in India. Emmie finds comfort in the local museum – a treasure trove of another family’s stories and artefacts.
Little does Emmie know that with each generation, her own story holds secrets and fascinations that she could only dream of.
Through ten decades and across three continents, The Ash Museum is an intergenerational story of loss, migration and the search for somewhere to feel at home.
PRAISE FOR REBECCA SMITH:
'Fans of Smith's sharply observed tales of contemporary life will find much to enjoy... this beautifully written, funny work.' The Times
‘Charming, funny, witty and romantic.’ Esther Freud
‘Smith has plenty of good-humoured comedy up her sleeve, a grasp of dialogue and an eagle eye for the absurd.’ Daily Mail
ISBN (Paperback): 9781789559019 ISBN (Ebook): 9781789559026
Published: 3rd May 2021
Price: £8.99 (Paperback), £4.99 (Ebook) Extent: 288 pages
Rights Held: World
Rebecca Smith was born in London and grew up in rural Surrey. From 2009 – 2010 she was the writer in residence at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire. The Ash Museum was inspired by her time there and by being left hundreds of old family photographs and letters.