Sarah's Key

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John Murray, 2008 - Americans - 294 pages
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Released in 2010 as a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas.

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old Jewish girl, is arrested by the French police in the middle of the night, along with her mother and father. Desperate to protect her younger brother, she locks him in a cupboard and promises to come back for him as soon as she can.

Paris, May 2002: Julia Jarmond, an American journalist, is asked to write about the 60th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv'--the infamous day in 1942 when French police rounded up thousands of Jewish men, women and children, in order to send them to concentration camps. Sarah's Key is the poignant story of two families, forever linked and haunted by one of the darkest days in France's past. In this emotionally intense, page-turning novel, Tatiana de Rosnay reveals the guilt brought on by long-buried secrets and the damage that the truth can inflict when they finally come unravelled.

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The ending was satisfying and appropriate to the plot. - LibraryThing
The ending is disappointing. - LibraryThing
Excellent story and writing style! - LibraryThing
But I found the writing flimsy and the characters flat. - LibraryThing
Well researched; well written. - LibraryThing
Disappointed with the ending. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - paulinewiles - LibraryThing

For the first half of Sarah's Key, I was convinced I would give this book 5 stars: I was gripped by the awful power of this tragic story and de Rosnay's extremely skillful telling. However, with two ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nancy_Archdekin - LibraryThing

A quick read with an interesting fictional story behind a horrible event in the history of France which, as the author points out in the narration, the French have taken far to long to address. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Tatiana de Rosnay was born in the suburbs of Paris. She is of English, French and Russian descent and was raised in Paris and Boston. She has worked as Paris Editor for Vanity Fair, and currently writes for French ELLE and Psychologies Magazine.

Since 1992, Tatiana has published eight novels in French. Sarah's Key is her first novel written in her mother tongue, English, and it has already been translated into 20 languages. She is married with two children and lives in Paris.

Readers can contact Tatiana de Rosnay by email at

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