Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

This isn't a light read.  It is probably my first historical fiction ever!!  And, I really liked it.  It is a sad book, but makes you think about the concentration camps and what it was like during that time.  I had no idea it was being made into a movie.  This was one of those purchases at Barnes and Noble that I bought on a whim because it intrigued me.  On a star rating - I would give it a 4 out of 5.  


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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