Skip to Main Content

Friends of the Museum

A Novel

About The Book

Coworkers at a legendary but troubled New York City museum struggle with issues large and small over the course of one extraordinary day in this whip-smart “marvel” (Mona Awad, bestselling author of Bunny) of a novel in the vein of The White Lotus.

When Diane Schwebe, the director of a major New York museum, is awakened in the early morning by a text message from the museum’s lawyer, it is the start of a twenty-four hour roller-coaster ride.

Diane has sacrificed many things in her life to help the fading institution stave off irrelevance and financial ruin. In this battle, she’s surrounded by her stalwart supporters: her enigmatic and tireless personal assistant, Chris; the museum’s trusty head of security, Shay; and its general counsel, Henry—a man whose ability to weasel his way out of a jam is matched only by his capacity to avoid learning anything from the experience.

Orbiting Diane is a motley assortment of museum employees, each on the precipice of collapse or revelation: among them a line cook staring down a huge opportunity he’s not sure he wants; a costume curator stuck in an inescapable rut; and the ambivalent curator of the museum’s film program, whose first day on the job might very well be his last.

On this day of the museum’s annual gala, every plate that Diane has kept spinning will fall and by daybreak, someone will be dead.

Wise, surprising, and darkly funny, Friends of the Museum is a kaleidoscopic tragicomedy that surges along to the unstoppable tick of the clock, leaving you on the edge of your seat until the final second.

About The Author

Heather McGowan is the author of Friends of the MuseumSchooling, and Duchess of NothingSchooling was named a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, the Detroit Free Press, and the Hartford Courant. McGowan received an MFA from Brown University and has been awarded the Rome Prize in Literature and the Berlin Prize Fellowship for Fiction at the American Academy in Berlin.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (April 15, 2025)
  • Runtime: 11 hours
  • ISBN13: 9781797191980

Browse Related Books

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images