A Secret Kept

A Secret Kept

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By (author) Tatiana De Rosnay

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 330 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 13 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312553498
  • ISBN 13: 9780312553494
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 72,125

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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.

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TATIANA DE ROSNAY is the author of ten novels, including the "New York Times "bestselling novel "Sarah's Key," an international sensation with over 4 million copies sold in thirty-eight countries worldwide that has now been made into a major motion picture. "A Secret Kept" debuted on the "New York Times "bestseller list and has sold over 550,000 copies in twenty countries. Together with Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson, Tatiana was named one of the top three fiction writers in Europe in 2010. She lives with her husband and two children in Paris, where she is at work on her next novel. Visit her online at www.tatianaderosnay.com.

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Praise for "A Secret Kept":  "The story of an emotionally distant family as it struggles to come to grips with changing dynamics and the mysterious death of a young mother many years ago[...] De Rosnay’s writing is eloquent and beautiful, and her characterizations are both honest and dead-on[...]" -"Kirkus""A Secret Kept is 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"In A Secret Kept, 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 Yor