By Tatiana de Rosnay
All of it begun with an easy seashore holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their youth. Antoine Rey suggestion he had the precise shock for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend through the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed youth summers taking part in at the seashore. It have been too lengthy, Antoine concept, because they’d back to the island—over thirty years, when you consider that their mom died and the kinfolk vacation trips ceased. however the island’s haunting good looks triggers very happy stories; it reminds Mélanie of anything unforeseen and deeply demanding 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 he or she loses keep an eye on of the car.
Recovering from the coincidence in a close-by health facility, Mélanie attempts to remember what prompted her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: horny, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will educate him new meanings for the phrases lifestyles, love and dying. abruptly, notwithstanding, the previous comes swinging again at either siblings, harassed with a gloomy fact approximately their mom, Clarisse.
Trapped within the wake of a surprising kin mystery shrouded via taboo, Antoine needs to confront his earlier and likewise his stricken relationships along with his personal young ones. How good does he relatively understand his mom, his childrens, 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 kin and himself the difficult way.
By turns exciting, seductive and damaging, with a lingering influence that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery saved is the tale of a contemporary kinfolk, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the influence it has all through existence.
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Tell me what happened,” Maddie commanded. Dana Sue related the morning’s incident. ” she asked hopefully. “If that was all you had to go on, I’d say yes,” Maddie replied. “But, sweetie, you know there are other signs that Annie has an eating disorder. We’ve all seen them. When she passed out at my wedding, it was a warning. If she’s anorexic, that kind of thing doesn’t miraculously go away. She’s probably just gotten better at hiding it from you. ” Dana Sue still clung to the hope they’d gotten it all wrong.
No matter how hard I try these days, I can’t seem to lose more than a pound, and that never stays off long. ” “Sounds as if Annie isn’t the only one who could use a body image lecture,” Maddie said. “I’ll get Helen over here first thing in the morning. When you come by to drop off the salads for the café, we’ll fix that thinking of yours right up. ” “Let’s just focus on Annie for the time being,” Dana Sue replied, dismissing her own food issues, as well as Maddie’s loyal attempt to bolster her spirits.
It could have been an oversight, but she knew better. Annie had deliberately left it behind, just as she’d ignored the breakfast her mother had fixed. The memory of Annie’s collapse during Maddie’s wedding reception last year at Thanksgiving came flooding back, and with it a tide of fresh panic. “Oh, sweetie,” Dana Sue murmured. ” “I’m thinking for tonight’s dessert I’ll make an old-fashioned bread pudding with maybe some Granny Smith apples to add a little tartness and texture,” Erik Whitney said before Dana Sue had a chance to tie on her apron.
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay