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Title:
The rain watcher : a novel
Author:
Rosnay, Tatiana de, 1961- author.
ISBN:
9781250200013
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
229 pages ; 25 cm
Abstract:
"The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father's 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

"Hypnotic, passionate, ominous and tender--unforgettable." --Jenna Blum, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save UsThe Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father's 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, 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.


Author Notes

Tatiana de Rosnay was born September 28th, 1961 near Paris. Her father is French scientist Joël de Rosnay, her grandfather was painter Gaëtan de Rosnay and her great-grandmother was Russian actress Natalia Rachewskïa, director of the Leningrad Pushkin Theatre from 1925 to 1949.

Tatiana was raised in Paris and then in Boston. She moved to England in the early 80's and obtained a Bachelor's degree in English literature at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich. When she returned to Paris, Tatiana became press attaché for Christie's and then Paris Editor for Vanity Fair magazine till 1993.

Since 1992, Tatiana has published eight novels in France. Sarah's Key, her first novel written in English, sold over 400,000 copies worldwide. Her novels also include A Secret Kept and The House I loved.

Tatiana works as a journalist for French ELLE and is literary critic for Psychologies Magazine and the Journal du Dimanche.

In 2014 her title, The Other Story, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The author of the best-selling WWII-era novel Sarah's Key (2007) offers up an equally emotional contemporary tale of a family in turmoil. Linden Malegarde has returned to Paris for his father's seventieth birthday celebration. But when Linden arrives, no one and nothing is festive. His father, Paul, seems withdrawn; his mother, Lauren, is ill; and his older sister, Tilia, is on edge. To make matters worse, the Seine is on the verge of flooding due to heavy, unrelenting rain. And then Paul has a massive stroke, forcing Linden to fully confront his complicated feelings about his family and their feelings about his sexuality. The Malegardes are so beset by tragedy Tilia is still haunted by the car accident years ago that she alone survived while her friends perished, and Linden's aunt died under heartbreaking circumstances that their sorrow threatens to overwhelm the story even more than the dire flood waters besieging Paris. De Rosnay's many fans, and all who embrace tearful tales, will enjoy the slow unraveling of the complex troubles and secrets of the Malegarde family.--Kristine Huntley Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The triumphant 11th novel from de Rosnay (Sarah's Key) follows the unraveling of long pent-up frustrations within the Malegarde family against the backdrop of a natural disaster. Linden Malegarde, a Franco-American photographer, travels to Paris to celebrate the 70th birthday of his father, Paul. But when Paul suffers a stroke and is hospitalized, Linden decides to stay indefinitely. As Paul's health ebbs, the river Seine floods the city, relentlessly rising due to driving rain. For Linden, the Paris he knows so well becomes "hardly identifiable, yet painfully familiar," paralleling his own feelings and memories of his adolescence. Fearing more of the rejection and bigotry he's experienced throughout his life, Linden, who is in his late 30s, has yet to come out as gay to his father or introduce him to his longtime partner, Sacha. During the days of unexpectedly close quarters with his father, mother, and sister, Linden begins to open up and discovers that each family member has secrets and emotional wounds just as intense as his own. Throughout, de Rosnay stokes the Malegardes' histories with raw and powerful reminisces and gorgeous descriptions. This is an emotional tour de force and a thoughtful, deliberate examination of personal tragedy and the possibility of redemption. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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