St. Martin's Press
On Sale: October 23, 2018
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Fiction | Women's Fiction
The first new novel in four years from the beloved superstar author
of Sarah's Key, a heartbreaking and uplifting story of family
secrets and devastating disaster, set against a Paris backdrop, fraught
with revelations, and resolutions.
Linden Malegarde has
come home to Paris from the United States. It has been years since the
whole family was all together. Now the Malegarde family is gathering
for Paul, Linden's father's 70th birthday.
Each member of the
Malegarde family is on edge, holding their breath, afraid one wrong
move will shatter their delicate harmony. Paul, the quiet patriarch, an
internationally-renowned arborist obsessed with his trees and little
else, has always had an uneasy relationship with his son. Lauren, his
American wife, is determined that the weekend celebration will be a
success. Tilia, Linden's blunt older sister, projects an air of false
fulfillment. And Lindon himself, the youngest, uncomfortable in his own
skin, never quite at home no matter where he lives—an American in
France and a Frenchman in the U.S.—still fears that, despite his hard-
won success as a celebrated photographer, he will always be a
disappointment to his parents.
Their hidden fears and secrets
slowly unravel as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural
disaster, and the Seine bursts its banks and floods the city. All
members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against
tragic circumstances. In this profound and intense novel of love and
redemption, de Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer's skills both as an
incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker.
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