Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.
An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.
Wendy Wunder is the author of The Probability of Miracles, which was called “beautiful” in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and a “graceful balance of comedy and tragedy” by Publishers Weekly. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she teaches… More about Wendy Wunder
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Praise for The Museum of Intangible Things
“A crisp, beautifully crafted story of adventure, love, and the limits of friendship…” –Booklist (Starred Review)
“A finely crafted blend of heartbreak and humor…” –Kirkus
“Hannah’s fluid narration will keep the pages turning until the novel’s complex and bittersweet conclusion.” –SLJ
“…beautifully explored…highly entertaining…Hand this to (girly) fans of Steven Chbosky.” –VOYA
“A cast of well-rounded and memorable characters and a realistic perspective on mental illness make for a thought-provoking story.” –PW
“Zoe is a complex character who in addition to being bipolar is also intelligent, loyal, and funny. Tragically, however, it’s Zoe’s illness that brings this outstanding novel—and an inspiring friendship—to a heartbreaking but inevitable conclusion.” –Horn Book
“By building an engrossing story with likable characters around a set of poetic, even philosophical, concepts, Wunder invites readers to consider the intangibles in their own lives.” –BCCB
“Nobody writes true, messy, gorgeous friendship like Wendy Wunder. The Museum of Intangible Things is wrenching and real.” –Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love
“The Museum of Intangible Things is the best kind of joyride: exhilarating and hilarious and full of heart. A must-read for anyone who has ever had – or longed for – a true best friend.” –Alexandra Coutts, author of Tumble and Fall