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A Secret Kept
 
 
Author
Tatiana de Rosnay.
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780312553494
Pages/Publication Date 330/2011
Daedalus Item Code 19383
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For his sister Mélanie's 40th birthday, Paris architect Antoine Rey plans a weekend on Noirmoutier Island, where as children they spent many happy summers on the beach before their mother's untimely death. But in this gripping novel from the author of Sarah's Key, the trip evokes a shocking, long-suppressed memory in his sister about their mother—one that lands Mélanie in the hospital, and forces Antoine to reassess his own identity as a son, a husband, a brother, and a father.

"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

"As a skeptical Antoine investigates ... their mother's past, an upsetting chain of events unfurls: his daughter's best friend drops dead of a heart condition at only 14 years of age; his teenage son is arrested; and he learns that his father is dying of cancer. Antoine gets support in his quest from a new lover, a Harley-riding mortician who teaches him how respecting death helps one to embrace life. This perceptive portrait of a middle-aged man's delayed coming-of-age rates as a seductive, suspenseful, and trés formidable keeper."—Publishers Weekly

 
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