The Last of Our Kind
By Adélaïde de Clermont-Tonnerre
An impossible love story at a time when everything was possible.
'A word of advice: don't start reading this page-turner at bedtime, or you'll be staying up all night.' Psychologies, France
Werner Zilch was adopted as an infant, and knows nothing of his biological family. But when, in 1970s New York, he meets the family of Rebecca, the woman he has fallen in love with, a mysterious link means he must uncover the truth of his past, or run the risk of losing her.
Spanning 1945 Dresden, the Bavarian Alps and uncovering Operation Paperclip, this is a riveting novel of family and love that seamlessly blends fact with fiction.
This is Adélaïde de Clermont-Tonnerre's second novel. Her first, Fourrure, won five literary prizes in France.
Le Dernier des Nôtres was the winner of both the Académie Francaise Grand Prix du Roman and the 2016 inaugural Filigranes prize, awarded to the book with the widest general appeal. It was on the longlist for the 2016 Renaudot prize, on the shortlist of four for the 2016 Landerneau prize, longlisted for the Prix de Flore.
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21 Feb 2019
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Adelaide de Clermont-Tonnerre weaves an enigmatic, funny, sensuous web, crossed by characters which we will struggle to forget. — Le Figaro
We've long awaited this elegant, delicate and feverish voice, always ready to tell us of the great romantic destinies of complex, disturbing and passionate characters. — Elle France
A romantic, well-executed bombshell of a book, built like a 1965 Maserati Sebring. — Le Point
A word of advice: don't start reading this page-turner at bedtime, or you'll be staying up all night — Psychologies France
Absolutely magnificent — Tatiana de Rosnay