A Secret Kept

By Tatiana De Rosnay
(Griffin, Paperback, 9780312553494, 330pp.)

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“In this evocative novel by the author of the bestselling Sarah's Key, Parisian siblings Melanie and Antoine have grown up damaged by their mother's premature death. Melanie is driving Antoine from a visit to the seaside where they had shared their mother's final summer, when, just as she's about to reveal to her brother a recovered memory from her childhood, she loses control of the car. A story of shocking family secrets and how childhood memories can continue to have effect far into adulthood, this is a haunting, yet hopeful read.”
-- Karen Vail, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA


Description

Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Melanie's birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they'd returned to the island--over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island's haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Melanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Trapped in the wake of a family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts - as a son, a husband, a brother and a father - Antoine Rey will soon learn the shocking truth about his family and himself.

By turns thrilling and seductive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, "A Secret Kept "is the story of a modern family and the invisible ties that hold it together.




About the Author
TATIANA DE ROSNAY is the author of more than ten novels, including the "New York Times "bestselling novel "Sarah's Key", an international sensation with over 4 million copies sold in thirty-five countries worldwide that has now been made into a major film. Together with Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, and Stieg Larsson, she was named one of the top ten fiction writers in Europe in 2009. Tatiana lives with her husband and two children in Paris.


Praise For A Secret Kept

“A riveting tale of family, relationships, and the eerie power that memory holds over our present lives.” – Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

“A seductive, suspenseful, and trés formidable keeper.” – Publishers Weekly

“Tatiana de Rosnay takes us on a journey to that haunted place where the past seeps into the present, where memory appears and disappears, and where healing seems always out of reach. With her lyrical prose and her gift for creating deeply sympathetic characters, de Rosnay has given us a hopeful story, as addictive as it is moving.” – Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Midwife’s Confession

“A beautiful and haunting exploration of wanting – and not wanting – to understand one's past, of learning to see parents as individuals, whether the parents in question are our own or ourselves." –Erica Bauermeister, bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients

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