By Tatiana de Rosnay
This gorgeous new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, writer of the acclaimed long island instances bestseller Sarah's Key, plumbs the depths of advanced family members relationships and the ability of a prior mystery to alter every thing within the present.It all started with an easy beach holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey notion he had the proper shock for his sister M?lanie's birthday: a weekend by means of the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many satisfied early life summers enjoying at the beach. It were too lengthy, Antoine proposal, due to the fact that they might again to the island--over thirty years, due to the fact that their mom died and the family members vacation trips ceased. however the island's haunting good looks triggers very happy thoughts; it reminds M?lanie of anything unforeseen and deeply nerve-racking approximately their final island summer. while, at the force domestic to Paris, she eventually summons the braveness to bare what she is aware to Antoine, her feelings conquer her and he or she loses keep an eye on of the car.Recovering from the coincidence in a close-by clinic, M?lanie attempts to keep in mind what prompted her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: horny, streetwise Ang?le, a mortician who will educate him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and death. unexpectedly, even if, the prior comes swinging again at either siblings, confused with a dismal fact approximately their mom, Clarisse. Trapped within the wake of a surprising kinfolk mystery shrouded via taboo, Antoine needs to confront his earlier and in addition his afflicted relationships along with his personal children. How good does he quite comprehend his mom, his youngsters, even himself? unexpectedly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will research the reality approximately his kinfolk and himself the tough approach. through turns exciting, seductive and harmful, with a lingering impact that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery stored is the tale of a latest relatives, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the effect it has all through life.
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Made decisions together. Faced the enemy together. That was over. Antoine was on his own now. And when Friday night came around and he heard his children's key in the lock, he had to brace himself, to square his shoulders like a soldier going into battle. Margaux was at the brink of her full-fledged debut into adolescence. Antoine found hers even harder. He had no idea how to deal with it. She was like a cat--mute, sinuous, and withdrawn. She would spend hours chatting on the computer or riveted to her cell phone.
It had taken him a while to remember that they were in a jumble of cardboard boxes in his cellar, boxes he'd never bothered to unpack since his recent divorce and move. His bestloved book was there: The Extraordinary History of the Gois Passage. He had opened it, smiling, remembering how he would spend hours poring over the old black-and-white photographs of wrecked cars poking their bumpers out of seawater under a rescue pole. He decided to take the book with him, and as he closed it, a white card came fluttering out.
Yup, you've grown up. But how he longed, all of a sudden, to be that kid on the beach again, that kid building sand castles, running along the pier and getting splinters in his feet, pulling on his mother's arm for another glace a la fraise. No, he wasn't that kid anymore. He was a divorced, lonely middle-aged man whose life had never seemed emptier, never seemed sadder than today. His wife had left him, he despised his job, and his adorable kids had morphed into sullen teenagers. He was pulled away from his reminiscences by a bloodcurdling whoop.