To Go: 33
61. Skyward — Mary Alice Monroe
62. The Journals of Sylvia Plath — Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes
63. Dust Tracks on a Road — Zora Neale Hurston
64. The Silent Woman — Janet Malcolm
65. Memoirs of Montparnasse — John Glassco
66. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic — Alison Bechdel
67. A Secret Kept — Tatiana de Rosnay
Antoine Rey thought he’d come up with the best idea for his sister Melanie’s 40th birthday present: a trip to Noirmoutier Island, where they’d spent many happy summers in their early childhood. But the island triggers more than fond memories for Melanie; she recalls something deeply disturbing and totally unexpected. When she at last works up the nerve to tell Antoine what she remembers on the drive home, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.
Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his own history and also his troubled relationships with his children. Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a brother, a husband, and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I took a good chunk of this right from the back of the book due to lack of creativity!)
As per usual, I’m running on a tight schedule and have little time to do this. So I’ll break down the finer points really quick.
The good: the story was fantastic, and really showcased all the different types of love and the ties that bind families together. It was terribly sad, and yet had its laugh-out-loud moments. I loved Antoine Rey and his fumblings through fatherhood of technologically-savvy, closed-off teenagers (God knows we’re no picnic), and his struggles as a recently-divorced man still madly in love with his ex wife. He was the sweetest, saddest, funniest protagonist anyone could ask for.
It would normally be around here where I include “the bad” and “the ugly,” but I have nothing bad nor ugly to say about A Secret Kept. It was really, really fantastic and I definitely recommend you all read it!
Also, something cool:
I love it when authors tweet you back! (Even if I wasn’t expecting it/didn’t know she had Twitter, because it made it a pleasant surprise.)
Next book: I’ve got a couple on my bookshelf and I’m not really sure what to start next, so we’ll see.
Next feature: I really should stop putting this as a heading if I’m not going to take 2 minutes to upload the published articles I’m talking about… ;D