The Rain Watcher: A Novel by Tatiana De RosnayThe Rain Watcher: A Novel by Tatiana De Rosnay

The Rain Watcher: A Novel

byTatiana De Rosnay

Hardcover | October 30, 2018

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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.

"An absorbing tale of family secrets from the author of Sarah's Key." - People magazine

"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.

TATIANA DE ROSNAY is the author of more than ten novels, including the New York Times bestselling Sarah's Key, an international sensation and major motion picture. Tatiana lives with her husband and two children in Paris.
Title:The Rain Watcher: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.36 × 6.42 × 0.9 inPublished:October 30, 2018Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250200016

ISBN - 13:9781250200013

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family drama in Paris What a joy to read a family drama written by Tatiana de Rosnay. The Rain Watcher follows the Malegarde family who meet in Paris to celebrate the 70th birthday of Paul, the patriarch. The weekend was arranged by his spouse, Lauren, to gather together their adult children, Tilia and Linden. The reunion unfolds as the river Seine is bursting its banks and threatening to flood the City of Light. There is a sense of foreboding throughout due to the constant rain and the dysfunctional relationships of the Malegardes. Paul, an arborist, has a better understanding of trees than of his family. Lauren wants the weekend to be a success for all. Talia, the daughter, has problems of her own at home in London and Linden, the son, left the Malegarde home as a teenager and never really went back. And everyone has secrets of their own. The Rain Watcher reminds us that all families have issues. An entrancing read. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well written sad tale A sad tale of the Malegarde family and the flooding of Paris, France. The Malegarde family consist of father Paul, mother Lauren, daughter Tilia, son Linden. Linden is a world famous photographer who has never told his world-renowned arborist father that he is gay. The family have gathered in Paris to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary when Paul suffers a stroke during an unprecedented rainfall that floods Paris. The writing lets you picture the devastation of Paris, the wonder of Paul's estate trees, the photographs Linden has taken. You can feel the emotional impact of life and weather events. It is not a happy story but it is so well written that it deserves the 5/5 rating. I volunteered to read an ARC from St. Martins Press through Net Galley. (less)
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vivid, captivating, and melancholic! The Rain Watcher is a moving, beautiful portrayal of a city in turmoil and a family struggling to understand, accept, and outwardly show compassion and love for each other. The writing is impassioned and eloquent. The characters are empathetic, distressed, and genuine. And the plot is a mesmeric, foreboding tale set both in the present day and mid-1900s about life, loss, love, family dynamics, secrets, determination, hope, sacrifice, and the desolation and destruction mother nature can reap. The Rain Watcher is a wonderful blend of historical facts, intriguing fiction, and palpable emotion. It’s a nostalgic, heartbreaking, consuming tale that reminds us of the complex relationship that can exist between a father and son and highlights once again de Rosnay’s insight and passion for La Ville-Lumière.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written, this book deal with family secrets, rejection, love, and forgiveness. Linden Malegarde is meeting his parents and sister in Paris for a family reunion. His famous arborist father Paul is turning 70 and his mother Lauren has organised a weekend of activities for this celebration. But as they arrive in Paris, the torrential rain and the risk of La Seine flooding the city threaten to spoil the overdue reunion. Linden’s parents both fall sick during the weekend and he and his sister must stay in a flooded Paris to take care of them. This stay will bring painful memories to the surface and menace to shatter Linden to pieces.
Date published: 2018-10-30

Editorial Reviews

"An absorbing tale of family secrets from the author of Sarah's Key." - People magazine "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" 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 WeeklyPraise 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