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Sarahs Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay
From The Jacket:Paris July 1942 Sarah a ten year old girl,is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel dHiv roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the familys apartment Paris, May 2002 On Vel díHivís 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in Frances 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.
I agree. This was a terrific book I couldn't put down. Loved the characters and the story.
by-Andrea 2010/04/11, 04:55 AM
I could not put this book down. I was immediately drawn into the lives of both the current day Paris journalist and the young girl in the occupied Paris of the 40ís, whose stories were told in alternating chapters. This is hands down one of the best books Iíve read this year.
by-Kate 2009/11/29, 02:17 AM
I love reading books about the holocaust. This one grabbed right from the beginning and continues to the end. Excellent read!
by-Lyn 2009/05/20, 05:58 PM
It is easy to see why this book is a NY Times bestseller, it a fantastic read. The plot centers on Frances Vel dHiv roundup during the holocaust. It is told from the perspective of two very different voices, a modern day journalist investigating the incident and a young girl who survived the holocaust; a great combination. You feel the pain and guilt of the young girl and the journalist makes you aware of how important it is to remember the tragic events and the impact it has on people even today.
by-PBR 2009/05/14, 07:44 AM
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