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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I am not sure how to convey how I feel about this book so I will make a list: Shame- shame that as someone with a degree in history, I had never heard of the horrific roundup in Paris, the ... Read full review

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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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