By Tatiana de Rosnay

This beautiful new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, writer of the acclaimed manhattan instances bestseller Sarah's Key, plumbs the depths of advanced kin relationships and the facility of a previous mystery to alter every little thing within the present.It all all started with an easy seashore holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood.  Antoine Rey suggestion he had the suitable shock for his sister M?lanie's birthday: a weekend by way of the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many satisfied early life summers enjoying at the beach.  It were too lengthy, Antoine notion, because they would back to the island--over thirty years, considering that their mom died and the kinfolk vacations ceased.  however the island's haunting attractiveness triggers more than pleased thoughts; it reminds M?lanie of anything unforeseen and deeply demanding 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 he or she loses regulate of the car.Recovering from the coincidence in a close-by medical institution, M?lanie attempts to keep in mind what prompted her to crash.  Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: horny, streetwise Ang?le, a mortician who will educate him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and death.  by surprise, although, the prior comes swinging again at either siblings, stressed with a depressing fact approximately their mom, Clarisse.  Trapped within the wake of a surprising kin mystery shrouded via taboo, Antoine needs to confront his previous and in addition his stricken relationships along with his personal children.  How good does he quite be aware of his mom, his childrens, even himself?  unexpectedly 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 difficult approach. via turns exciting, seductive and harmful, with a lingering influence that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery stored is the tale of a latest relations, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the impression it has all through life. 

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And he had wanted to spend time with his sister, just to be with her. On their own. They didn't see that much of each other in Paris, he reflected. She was always busy, lunching or dining with some author or on a book tour. He was often off visiting a building site out of town or taken up with a last-minute deadline for a job. Sometimes she came over for brunch on Sunday mornings when the children were there. She made the creamiest scrambled eggs. Yes, he found he needed to be with her, alone with her at this fragile, complicated moment of his life.

Putting up with those nurses Solange hires. " he said. " "I don't know about that," said Melanie slowly. "She was sweet to us, but only when we did what we were told. " "Well, we were ideally silent, polite, meek grandchildren. " "Because we were brought up that way," said Antoine. "Yes," said Melanie, turning to face her brother and plucking the half-smoked cigarette from his fingers, then burying it into the sand, heedless of his protests. " he asked. She screwed up her eyes. "How did Clarisse get on with Blanche and Robert?

He hadn't seen his sister in a bathing suit for years. She looked good, taut and firm. Certainly better than he did. He had put on weight in that initial dreary year of his divorce. Those lonely evenings in front of the computer or the DVD player had taken their toll. Gone was Astrid's healthy, wholesome cooking, a perfect balance of protein, vitamins, and roughage. He now lived on frozen food and takeout, rich stuff you could heat up fast in the microwave, and it had nicely added on pounds during that first, unbearable winter.

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