***A best-seller in France***
***Prix Maison de la Presse 2011***
With beautiful style and subtlety, Veronique Olmi invites readers to think about their dreams as well as the personal truths they are not able to face. Olmi asks a lot of questions and shows that we never truly see the present, only the past.
Veronique Olmi's readers will recognize her lively and feminine style. As Olmi is also a playwright, she succeeds in giving her novels the body and the drama of the stage, in particular the feeling of Anton Chekhov's plays.
—Le Figaro Magazine
A gem of a novel.
—The Independent on Beside the Sea
In That Summer, the author of First Love and Beside the Sea tells the story of a group of friends who spend a long weekend together, during which their lives change forever. Even after sixteen years of friendship, everything can still go wrong.
Every year, three friends and their significant others spend Bastille Day together in a small town in Normandy. This is a tradition they have upheld through thick and thin. They have always had a wonderful time together. This summer, however, the arrival in their midst of a mysterious young man somehow opens up old wounds and brings to light tightly held secrets. In just a few days, the old friends go through a transformation that will leave each of them changed forever, and will expose the fact that their fragile lives are based on compromises and lies.