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 Velí díHiví 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 Velí díHivís 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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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

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User Review  - Crystal - Goodreads

I loved how the story switched back and forth. And guiltily love how short the chapters were. In regards to the writing, it was beautifully done and had realistic characters like sarah and julia ... Read full review

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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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