Tatiana de Rosnay
Adult Fiction ROSNAY
Summary: This stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Sarah's Key , plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. 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.Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Melanie tries to recall what caused her to crash. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise AngÃ¨le, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death. Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.  Trapped in the wake of a shocking 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 learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way. By turns thrilling, seductive and destructive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family, the invisible ties that hold it together, and the impact it has throughout life.
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Mother passed away thirty years ago; spent a weekend at the sea with his sister at the island where they spent their childhood summers; discovered his mother had been in love with a woman; his daughter's best friend dies of a heart attack at 14; his teenage son is arrested; dating a mortician that rides a motorcycle.
Mother passed away thirty years ago; her brother, Antoine, surprised her for her birthday with a weekend at the island where they spent their childhood summers; but the island brings back painful memories of their last summer there; on the way back home she told her brother the family secret she had been keeping for years, that her mother had been in love with a woman.