Sarah's Key (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jun 12, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

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The book was interesting and easy to read. - Goodreads
So, 4-stars for the plot, 2-stars for the poor writing. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Dawn Lindquist - Goodreads

Because I used to read Eli Wiesel's Night with my freshmen, every year I would read several survivor accounts on my own and watch documentaries about the camps and about various resistance efforts. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzanne - Goodreads

This was a whirlwind of a book. I put off reading it for a really long time (knowing how sad it was going to be), but in the end I'm glad I read it. Touching, infuriating, hypnotizing, I don't think I ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

TATIANA DE ROSNAY was born in the suburbs of Paris and is of English, French and Russian descent.  She is the author of nine French novels.  She also writes for French ELLE, and is a literary critic for Psychologies magazine. Tatiana de Rosnay is married and has two children.  SARAH'S KEY is her first novel written in her mother tongue, English.

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