The Rain Watcher

The Rain Watcher

Large Print - 2018
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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.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, ©2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432859022
Characteristics: 399 pages ;,23 cm


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Mar 24, 2019

I looked forward to reading this book - thinking it would be on a par with "Sarah's Key". It left me disappointed, and wanting to finish reading the story.

Jan 30, 2019

This book was nowhere as good as Sarah's Key but did keep my interest enough to finish. If you like family drama and if you absolutely LOVE Paris you will like this book.

Jan 23, 2019

Ms. de Rosnay is an amazing writer!! "Sarah's Key" was one of the most poignant books I have ever read. She has a wonderful ability to create great characters with complicated emotions and histories. I have never been disappointed by one of her books. She makes the 2016 Paris flood an ever present threat - almost another character. Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

Nov 23, 2018

Just not enough for me to finish the book. The cast were modern day Bohemians - father a tree hugger, son a photographer, easy going Aunt Candice, alcoholic in-law...The characters were descriptive but underdeveloped. "The Rain Watcher" was as exciting as watching rain.

Nov 06, 2018

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)

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