The Book Cellar
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.
"Hypnotic, passionate, ominous and tender—unforgettable.” —Jenna Blum, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us
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 Linden 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.
“I was mesmerized by Tatiana de Rosnay’s new novel across the ocean and back—don’t bring this book on a plane with you if you want to sleep! The Rain Watcher has something for everyone: an all-too-fathomable disaster story of the Seine swamping Paris; a family story about confronting lifelong secrets; a cautionary tale and love letter to our natural world, all told with de Rosnay’s superlative sophistication and elegance. Hypnotic, passionate, ominous and tender—The Rain Watcher is unforgettable.” —Jenna Blum, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family
“The Rain Watcher is a poignant and moving story of a family in crisis. As flood waters rise in Paris, the men and women of the Malegarde clan struggle not to drown under the weight of their own secrets. Through her tender rendering of her characters, Tatiana de Rosnay demonstrates that—in spite of our burdens and our brokenness—redemption and healing are within our grasp.” —Erika Robuck, national bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl
“A ceaseless rain, a brother, a sister, a birthday, a tree—seemingly ordinary things. But Tatiana de Rosnay’s expert storytelling proves that within life’s ordinary is the power for extraordinary change. A bonfire begins with a spark. A flood with a single drop. In similar fashion, The Rain Watcher will leave you spellbound, transformed, and swept away.” —Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker’s Children
“Triumphant…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.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Tatiana de Rosnay:
“An excellent read….This outstanding biography will attract Daphne du Maurier devotees of all ages." —Library Journal (starred) on Manderley Forever
“A lush, beautifully rendered saga layered with secrets [and] scandal…. [A] brilliant pager-turner.”—BookPage on The Other Story
“Quietly elegant….Mesmerizing.” —People on The House I Loved
“Seductive, suspenseful, [a] trés formidable keeper.”—Publishers Weekly on A Secret Kept
“Masterly and compelling, it is not something that readers will quickly forget. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review) on Sarah’s Key