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The Other Story

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The Other Story (A) by Tatiana De Rosnay spoke to me on many levels. Though other reviewers did not appreciate this newest novel by the author of Sarah’s Key, I found it completely enjoyable.

Twenty-nine year old Nicolas Duhamel (Kolt) is basking in the power and glory bestowed upon him as a result of his first immensely successful novel, The Envelope. While renewing his French passport, he discovers a long held family secret. His father was born in Leningrad, Russia to a fifteen-year-old girl, his grandfather unknown. Since there is more mystery than fact surrounding the life of his father, he imagines his story writing an international bestseller.

The success of this novel has made Nicolas exceeding rich, recognizable and completely self-absorbed. Constantly plugged in to social media, he looses touch with himself, his family and friends. While vacationing in a luxurious resort in Italy, the disaster he has become is at long last obvious to Nicolas.

I found the story compelling. Resounding with modern day dilemmas like fame, social media, excessive wealth, lies and deceit, De Rosnay weaves her story around current events. (For example, the newspapers that Nicolas reads are riddled with the affair of the French minister and the housekeeper in a NY hotel.) The story is relevant and relatable. There is something everyone will be able to identify with. Are we all too ‘plugged-in”, too unavailable and loosing our identities? What will it take for us to realize how out of control we have become?

It has been awhile since I’ve read a book in only a day. I could not walk away from The Other Story until the very last page. I invite you to “unplug” for a day and dive into this book. Perhaps you will see a bit of yourself there too.

 

 

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