The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone

Audrey Burges

24 January 2023
597 pages


Audrey Burges' The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone is a charming and magical debut novel, with a love story at its heart, woven across multiple periods and perspectives, about a mystical dolls’ house.

Once upon a time there was a house . . .

From her attic in the Arizona mountains, thirty-four year-old recluse Myra Malone blogs about a miniature mansion – a dolls' house – which captivates thousands of readers worldwide. Myra herself is tethered to the Mansion by a strange magic she can’t understand - there are rooms that appear and disappear overnight, music that plays in its corridors.

Across the country, Alex Rakes, the thirty-four year-old heir of a furniture business, encounters two Mansion fans trying to recreate a room from her stories. Alex is shocked to recognize his own bedroom in minute scale.

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.

Readers are enchanted by this magical tale:

'A wonderful story, beautifully crafted. I got completely lost in it.'

'I could not put this book down nor can I describe it to you. But it’s a story you want to read and tuck away in your heart…like that magical dress you had as a child'

'ALL THE STARS!! I loved this one so very much - my first 5 star read of the year! Magic realism, a romance and a little mystery all rolled into one in this touching story . . . '

'Love stories, detailed and fascinating miniatures, and magic make a perfect potion . . .'

lively, stylish, and full of heart. The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone is decorated with gorgeous wordsmithery and magical trimmings, and I loved every minute spent inside.
Absolutely charming and haunting in equal measures, a beautifully written love story
a generous, big-hearted reprieve from our ever-more-troubling reality; a modern fairy tale . . . Audrey Burges is a storyteller of warmth, wit, and stunning originality.