By Tatiana de Rosnay
This lovely new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, writer of the acclaimed manhattan instances bestseller Sarah's Key, plumbs the depths of complicated kin relationships and the ability of a prior mystery to alter every thing within the present.It all begun with an easy beach holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey inspiration he had the ideal shock for his sister M?lanie's birthday: a weekend by means of the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed adolescence summers taking part in at the beach. It were too lengthy, Antoine concept, when you consider that they would again to the island--over thirty years, for the reason that their mom died and the relatives vacations ceased. however the island's haunting attractiveness triggers more than pleased stories; it reminds M?lanie of anything unforeseen and deeply traumatic 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 she or he loses keep watch over of the car.Recovering from the coincidence in a close-by medical institution, M?lanie attempts to remember what brought on her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: attractive, streetwise Ang?le, a mortician who will educate him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and death. unexpectedly, although, the earlier comes swinging again at either siblings, careworn with a dismal fact approximately their mom, Clarisse. Trapped within the wake of a surprising relations mystery shrouded through taboo, Antoine needs to confront his earlier and likewise his relationships together with his personal children. How good does he quite comprehend his mom, his teenagers, even himself? all of sudden fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will research the reality approximately his relations and himself the challenging manner. through turns exciting, seductive and damaging, with a lingering impression that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery stored is the tale of a latest relations, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the effect it has all through life.
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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.
No," Antoine said. "Blanche and Robert liked to stick to the hotel. " "Solange took us to visit the Noirmoutier chateau once or twice, and the church. " "The chateau is a blank," said Melanie. " He watched the nearby table fill up with tanned teenagers. Most of the girls were wearing tiny bikinis. Barely older than his daughter, Margaux. He had never been attracted to women considerably younger than he, but the ones he had met since his divorce, through the Internet or via friends, had amazed him with the unabashed boldness of their sexual behavior.
They had a late lunch at the Cafe Noir in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, the largest town on the island. It was a crowded, noisy place, obviously a favorite hangout for the locals. Antoine ordered grilled sardines and a glass of white wine. Melanie had a plate of bonnottes--the famous little round potatoes of the area--sauteed with bacon, butter, and coarse salt. The weather had grown hot, but a fresh wind kept the heat at bay. The cafe's terrace gave onto the small harbor and the thin strip of a murky canal lined with old salt warehouses and jammed with rusty fishing boats and small sailboats.