Nina, Adrien, and Etienne are inseparable from the moment they meet on the first day of 5th grade. Unalike in every obvious way, the three children share an unbreakable bond that they cement with a blood pact, promising to always be there for one another. Thirty years down the road, the three of them are no longer on speaking terms. Their separate lives are suddenly intertwined once more when an old car is pulled from the local lake, containing bones and secrets that only the three know. This follow-up to Fresh Water for Flowers delivers more of the same fluid, beautifully translated prose, rich with nostalgia and longing.— Jade
A June 2022 Indie Next List Pick
From the international bestselling author of Fresh Water for Flowers, a beautifully told and suspenseful story about the ties that bind us and the choices that make us who we are.
1986: Adrien, Etienne and Nina are 10 years old when they meet at school and quickly become inseparable. They promise each other they will one day leave their provincial backwater, move to Paris, and never part.
2017: A car is pulled up from the bottom of the lake, a body inside. Virginie, a local journalist with an enigmatic past reports on the case while also reflecting on the relationship between the three friends, who were unusually close when younger but now no longer speak. . As Virginie moves closer to the surprising truth, relationships fray and others are formed.
Val rie Perrin has an unerring gift for delving into life. In Three, she brings readers along with her through a sequence of heart-wrenching events and revelations that span three decades. Three tells a moving story of love and loss, hope and grief, friendship and adversity, and of time as an ineluctable agent of change.