Secret

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Portobello Books, 2008 - Brothers - 154 pages
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'The day after I turned fifteen, I finally discovered what I'd always known.'

Growing up in post-war Paris, the sickly only child of glamorous parents, the narrator invents a make-believe brother - older, stronger, more brilliant than he can ever be. It is only when he talks to a family friend that he discovers his imaginary sibling had a real predecessor: a half-brother whose death in the camps is part of a buried family secret he was never intended to unearth.

A family haunted by secrets of the past: an illicit love, a lost child, a devastating betrayal dating back to WWII - a novel based on the author's own family and already a bestseller in Europe.

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About the author (2008)

Writer and psychoanalyst Philippe Grimbert was born in Paris, France in 1948. He has a private practice and works with two medical institutions for children and teenagers with autism and psychosis. His passion for literature and the arts has led him to write numerous books. He has also published four essays in which he throws light onto cultural and social issues using psychoanalytical methods. He won the Prix Goncourt des Lyceens for Un Secret in 2004.

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