By Tatiana de Rosnay
All of it begun with an easy seashore holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their formative years. Antoine Rey concept he had the right shock for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend via the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed early life summers taking part in at the seashore. It were too lengthy, Antoine concept, considering that they’d lower back to the island—over thirty years, for the reason that their mom died and the relations vacations ceased. however the island’s haunting good looks triggers very happy stories; it reminds Mélanie of anything unforeseen and deeply nerve-racking approximately their final island summer time. whilst, at the force domestic to Paris, she ultimately summons the braveness to bare what she is aware to Antoine, her feelings triumph over her and she or he loses keep watch over of the car.
Recovering from the coincidence in a close-by medical institution, Mélanie attempts to bear in mind what brought on her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: attractive, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will educate him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and loss of life. abruptly, even though, the prior comes swinging again at either siblings, harassed with a gloomy fact approximately their mom, Clarisse.
Trapped within the wake of a stunning relatives mystery shrouded by way of taboo, Antoine needs to confront his earlier and likewise his bothered relationships along with his personal kids. How good does he particularly be aware of his mom, his little ones, even himself? unexpectedly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will study the reality approximately his relatives and himself the demanding way.
By turns exciting, seductive and damaging, with a lingering impression that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery saved is the tale of a latest relatives, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the influence it has all through existence.
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But,” Judith persisted, still vaguely embarrassed by the memory, “I really felt that way. ” “Grandpa hated England,” Renie pointed out. ’” “That’s because he was English,” Judith countered. “Once he took out his American citizenship papers, he hated everybody who was different. It was the English way. Insular. Prejudiced. ” At Reading, two young men wearing lots of leather and 24 / Mary Daheim studs sat down next to the cousins. Their magenta and chartreuse punk haircuts didn’t endear them to Judith and Renie.
Our guests! ” Charles Marchmont hurried forward to shake hands, first with Judith, then with Renie. “I would have known you anywhere,” he insisted. ” Judith supplied the year of their previous trip. She and Renie both expressed appreciation for their host’s gallantry. The words weren’t true, of course, nor would the cousins return the compliment. Charles Marchmont was a far cry from the diffident, awkward adolescent they had met in 1964. Now that he was in his mid-forties, his light brown hair was beginning to recede, he was thickening around the waist, and his blunt features stopped just short of being coarse.
It happens that way with aunts and nieces. Parents and children don’t always have the same latitude. ” Eager for harmony, Claire agreed. “Oh! I know! Though I get on splendidly with my own parents. Of course I almost never see them,” she added a bit wistfully, leading the cousins out into a long gallery that seemed to run the length of the house’s core. ” The gallery contained yet more fine tapestries, classical sculpture, beautifully carved chests, and exquisite paintings. The cousins goggled.
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay