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Tatiana de Rosnay : Sarah's Key

Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Title: Sarah's Key
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Published in: English
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Date: 2007-06-12
ISBN: 0312370830
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Weight: 1.1 pounds
Size: 6.5 x 0.98 x 9.76 inches
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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.
Reviews: Cheryl Fox (USA: VA) (2009/08/08):
Due to vision problems, I give a book 20-50 pages to capture my attention (too many books, too little time). The plot sounded fascinating and the initial portions of the 1942 story were well written. However, the current day characters weren't believable or attractive to me. The young daughter was smarter than her doormat of a mother and the French father seemed so overdrawn and manipulative. This book was just not for me!

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