The Other Story.
Booklist Reviews 2014 April #2
After the runaway success of his first novel, Nicholas Duhamel retreats to a luxurious Italian resort in an effort to finally start his second novel. He's astounded that his publisher purchased the rights to his second book sight-unseen, but she assures him that that's the norm for such an in-demand author. With the contract signed, and the advance paid out, all that's left is for Nicholas to get some real writing done. Unfortunately, the words don't seem to flow as easily this time around. Alternately enamored with and suffocated by his newfound fame, Nicholas has to come to terms with his identity as a famous author. Though Nicholas is a selfish and somewhat unlikable protagonist, de Rosnay tempers his harsh ways with a sympathetic backstory and a redemptive twist. The author of the incredibly popular Sarah's Key (2006) likely drew on her own experiences to flesh out Nicolas' struggles and triumphs. Fans of Markus Zusak and loyal de Rosnay readers will enjoy this inspiring and introspective novel, as may anyone intrigued by a peek inside the world of high-stakes publishing. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2014 April #1
With this story of a self-absorbed, newly wealthy writer struggling with his identity and coming to terms with the shocking secrets of his family's past, de Rosnay (Sarah's Key; A Secret Kept) continues her literary trend of combining international locations and complex characters. Nicolas Duhamel, a best-selling author who has changed his surname to Kolt, finds himself at a crossroads while taking a long weekend with his girlfriend at a luxurious resort on the Tuscan coast. A womanizer and Internet addict, Nicolas reflects on his dark family history as he exchanges illicit texts and emails with Sabina, a woman he has met only once, and interacts with another woman who may or may not be a very famous titan of the publishing world. Trying to follow up his enormously successful first novel, our hero struggles with writer's block. VERDICT Most of the book is driven by internal action, told through memories and partially through flashback. Certain plot twists seem obvious, but de Rosnay has a clever way of keeping the audience interested in the story line even if the main character himself is unlikeable. Despite these flaws, de Rosnay's fans and readers who enjoy contemporary interior novels will not be disappointed.—Mariel Pachucki, Maple Valley, WA[Page 80]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.