A Secret Kept

A Secret Kept

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By (author) Tatiana De Rosnay

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 111mm x 178mm x 26mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330533770
  • ISBN 13: 9780330533775
  • Edition statement: Open market ed
  • Sales rank: 60,678

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This is the stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of international bestseller "Sarah's Key". It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine 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. 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. Alone, waiting for news of Melanie, Antoine reflects on his life: his wife has left him, his teenage children are strangers to him, his job bores him, and his father is an ageing tyrant who still poisons every aspect of his life. How did he end up here? And, more importantly, what was the secret that his sister wanted to tell him? "A Secret Kept" plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.

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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 bestselling sensation with over two million copies sold in thirty-five countries worldwide. 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. 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