Thursday, February 2, 2023

The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone by Audrey Burges



From her attic in the Arizona mountains, thirty-four-year-old Myra Malone blogs about a dollhouse mansion that captivates thousands of readers worldwide. Myra’s stories have created legions of fans who breathlessly await every blog post, trade photographs of Mansion-modeled rooms, and swap theories about the enigmatic and reclusive author. Myra herself is tethered to the Mansion by mysteries she can’t understand—rooms that appear and disappear overnight, music that plays in its corridors.

Across the country, Alex Rakes, the scion of a custom furniture business, encounters two Mansion fans trying to recreate a room. The pair show him the Minuscule Mansion, and Alex is shocked to recognize a reflection of his own life mirrored back to him in minute scale. The room is his own bedroom, and the Mansion is his family’s home, handed down from the grandmother who disappeared mysteriously when Alex was a child. Searching for answers, Alex begins corresponding with Myra. Together, the two unwind the lonely paths of their twin worlds—big and small—and trace the stories that entwine them, setting the stage for a meeting rooted in loss, but defined by love.


I have mixed feelings on this book. I loved the original idea, and I initially got really pulled into this story. It was a slow start, but the world building was worth waiting for. Myra's story is a sad one her past trauma led her to live a reclusive life, one she really didn't want to change. Her mother due to her own trauma mismanaged money, so they are facing the possibility of losing their home. I can only imagine how traumatic that would be for someone who struggles with leaving their house.

Then we have Alex, who recognized Myra's minuscule mansion from her blog as being an exact replica of his own home. Alex has had his own troubled past, with an absent  (step) mother, and a father who was emotionally unavailable Alex had to learn to take care of himself in tough situations early on. 

I found both characters likeable and relatable, and their stories having both familiar and unique qualities. Overall I found the book to be predictable though, which is unusual for me. The foreshadowing was strong with this one.  I was able to figure out the big mysteries way before they were revealed, which lead to a somewhat lower rating.

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