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Literary Fiction | The Rain Watcher | Tatiana de Rosnay

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts on tour today for The Rain Watcher by Franco-British author Tatiana de Rosnay.

The Rain Watcher is a bestseller in France, selling over 160,000 copies in hardback alone. We hope you’ll join us on tour to celebrate the World Editions UK publication.

The Rain Watcher by Franco-British author Tatiana de Rosnay

It is raining non-stop over Paris. The Malegarde family – split between France, London, and the US – is reunited for the first time in years. When Paul, a famous yet withdrawn arborist, suffers a stroke in the middle of his 70th birthday celebrations, his son Linden is stuck in a city that is undergoing a terrifying natural disaster. 

As the Seine bursts its banks and floods the streets the family’s hidden fears and secrets also begin to rise to the surface

With the city brought to its knees and his father is fighting for his life, will Linden ever be able to face up to his own past, and the fact that the has never told Paul he is gay?

In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, De Rosnay demonstrates her wealth of skills both as an incredible storyteller and also as a connoisseur of the human soul.

The Rain Watcher is available to purchase from:

| World Editions | Waterstones | Amazon |

Listen to Tatiana de Rosnay talk about The Rain Watcher:


Review

A beautifully written family drama set in Paris.

As torrential rain causes the Seine River to rise at an alarming speed, the Malegarde family meet for a reunion.

Linden, son of Paul and Lauren and brother of Tilia arrives in Paris from America. As the main protagonist, De Rosnay uses his past memories entwined with the present to portray the family dynamic. After Paul’s 70th  birthday and 40th wedding anniversary dinner, the Malegarde family find they are stranded in a flooded Paris.

The writing provides an atmospheric setting with a relatable family drama. De Rosnay uses a non-linear sequence of Linden’s memories to capture how families can fail to communicate and how this affects their relationships.

A wonderful story.

Jera's Jamboree

TATIANA DE ROSNAY, of English, French and Russian descent, was born in 1961, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, and raised in Boston and Paris. After studying literature in England at the University of East Anglia, Tatiana worked in Paris as a reporter for Vanity Fair, Psychologies Magazine, and ELLE. She has published twelve novels in French and three in English including New York Times bestseller, Sarah’s Key, which sold nine million copies worldwide, and was made into a film by Gilles Paquet-Brenner in 2010. Her books have been translated into 35 languages and in 2011 she was listed by Le Figaro as the fifth most read French author.

Connect with Tatiana de Rosnay

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Twitter @tatianaderosnay

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The Rain Watcher Tatiana de Rosnay tour poster

Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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