From the bestselling author of Sarah’s Key
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 When Paul, a famous yet withdrawn arborist, suffers a stroke in the middle of his 70th birthday celebrations, his son Linden is stuck in a city that is undergoing a stunning natural disaster. As the Seine bursts its banks and floods the streets, the family will have to fight to keep their unity as hidden fears and secrets also begin to rise. 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.
5 March, 2019
‘Throughout, de Rosnay stokes the Malegardes’ histories with raw and powerful reminiscences 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
‘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 begins with a single drop. In a similar fashion, The Rain Watcher will leave you spellbound, transformed, and swept away.’ —SARAH MCCOY, author of The Mapmaker’s Children
‘I was mesmerized by de Rosnay’s new novel—it 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, author of Those Who Save Us
‘The characters are portrayed in their most fragile moments adding a unique poignancy to their individual narratives. This compelling story takes you into the Malegarde family’s deepest secrets and insecurities—I dare you to put it down.’ —C. CLAYTON THOMPSON, Bookseller