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Sarah's Key: A Novel

by Tatiana de Rosnay

St. Martin's Press | September 30, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Sarah's Key: A Novel is rated 4.3304 out of 5 by 112.
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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.18 × 5.93 × 0.92 in

Published: September 30, 2008

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0312370849

ISBN - 13: 9780312370848

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I enjoyed this book ver much. I couldn't put it down and only took me three days to read.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Find!! I enjoyed this book so much, I could hardly put it down.  I found myself reading it every spare minute I had.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More Sarah, Less Julia please. I really enjoyed this read. Well almost. For the most part, I really enjoyed how the Tezacs and Sarah’s family are intertwined from past to present. The writing in the book is excellent and the plot itself is compelling enough to keep you engaged and reading until you finish. It may not be a very well known particular incident in Holocaust history and definitely worth looking into for more information - I myself didn’t know much about it until I read the book. The perspective switches from Sarah to Julia. Naturally, Sarah’s story is much more interesting and compelling. You feel for her situation and her poor brother and can only think of the worst possible scenarios for her. I admired her for her determination and strength for a girl her age. It was such a great story to read and I loved it when I reached the sections featuring Sarah. I wish I could say the same for Julia though. I didn’t care too much except for when it linked her family with Sarah’s. However the parts with Julia’s marital issues with her family? not my sort of thing and wasn’t much to my liking. I mean, okay good for her for standing up to her decisions and whatnot, but it wasn’t as interesting. Plus, towards the ending, Julia became whiny and her story just dragged too much. I was rather hoping for more about Sarah and what she did in greater detail after the war. Overall, worth a try. I didn’t try the movie and don’t think I want to. I think once of Julia is enough for me. :) 
Date published: 2013-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bittersweet story A little girl reluctantly leaves her little brother locked up in a secret hiding place when the police come to take her and her parents away. Does she make it back in time to let him out? The legacy of this event will come to affect several generations. A story that is so compelling, I had to stay up late to finish it. I had never heard of the Vel D'Hiv roundup in Paris in 1942, and so was completely fascinated with this novel which moves from the past to the present with every chapter.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Educating read Initially when I started reading this book I was looking forward to catching yet another glimpse into the history of WWII, what I did not expect was that I would learn so much about France's involvement in the Nazi takeover. Not only doe this fictional story grip your heart, but the core history of the book is in fact, truth. The Vel' D'hiv's history prompted me to actually do some of my own research. Thoroughly enjoyed the book, though the ending was a little disappointing.
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated out of 5 by from This is the first book that I have read by Tatiana De Rosnay. I will certainly purchase either a hard copy or e-book of other books written by her. I had no idea of some of the terrible things that occurred in France during the Second World War especially the attrocities which were committed against innocent children.
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous - touching - hard to read at times A glimpse at one survivors story. Troubling at times, funny and moving at other times, this was a book I will recommend to many.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Though it was a fiction through the characters you know in reality there are so many who can relate to this story. So moving and touching, absolutely enjoyed reading this novel, how two completely different worlds can join together.
Date published: 2012-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ending Wasn't Memorable Throughout the beginning and middle of the book, I thought it was so captivating and educating. However, I feel like the author could have been more creative throughout the end of the novel. It almost seemed rushed; the ideas came together to simply wrap up the story. Nonetheless, it was a good read!
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read, but not great The first thing that struck me about Sarah's Key was how beautifully the words flowed. The second was how contrived many of the characters felt. Perhaps due to this second revelation, I did not follow the same emotional journey as the protagonist of this story (although I appreciate the author's attempt to bring me along). The novel deserves a mature audience; as a 22 year old, I lost interest around half way through the book. All in all, Sarah's Key is a good read, but not great.
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a Read I really enjoyed this book when I started it but I found I grew less interested near the end. I was so involved in the life of Sarah and her story told from her perspective. It was so interesting and I really liked how the story kept switching back and forth between perspectives and past and present. Once the story was based solely in present day I found it a little tedious and boring. I enjoyed the book as a whole, I would have just preferred it to go more the way it did in the beginning. Good book overall and it is certainly worth a read.
Date published: 2012-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Could not put this book down! Amazing story about how two families lives connect and how one little girl's story during the Holocaust changes many lives forever. A life-changing story that pulled at my heartstrings.
Date published: 2012-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great In 1942 in Paris a ten year old girl, Sarah is rounded up with her parents by the French police and taken to Vel’ d’Hiv’. Before she leaves she locks her little brother in a cupboard thinking she will be back soon to release him. In a parallel story Julia Jarmond is asked to write a story about the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup for the 60th anniversary. She is determined to follow Sarah's footsteps. Switching between the two stories the book tells us of Sarah's trials and ordeals and the horror of being a Jew in occupied France. Julia meanwhile, feels Sarah's anguish as she pursues her story and finds out how closely intertwined it is with her in-laws' story. Julia starts to question her own marriage and life. I did not really empathize with Julia and found while Zoe her daughter seemed to be so mature it was almost unreal. I did not know about the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup but I did know about how the French do not want to discuss any of their 'ugly' part in WWII. Interestingly, I recently picked up A Thread of Grace By Mary Doria Russell which is about Jews in occupied Italy and how they were hidden. Two authors, similiar subjects and completely different treatments. As much as the French were shown to be brutal the Italians are shown to have some sympathy. *****SPOILER***** I would never have continued living in an apartment where the body of a little boy had been found. I may not have had the courage to stand up to the brutality and even might have overlooked how I got the apartment but to continue to live there. UGH!!! One never knows until one is in that situation how one will react. I could always hope I would stand up and be counted.
Date published: 2012-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oustanding! Couldn't put the book down! Such passion and character this book has! The sister in the book goes through such trials and tribulations to find and possibly save her little brother! I cried through parts of the book-could feel the characters pain!
Date published: 2012-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This book was quite remarkable.. It made me want to cry and infuriate me at times as well. It really brought alot of emotion out and ask Why ? Why? and Why?. I was thoroughly impressed with this book. Fantatstic!!
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read!! Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay, is a book that I was to read for my January book club, though I hadn’t intended on reading it when I did, or finishing it in such a short time. You see, my husband plays hockey Sunday mornings and, on occasion, I’ll go with him if we’re planning to go somewhere else afterwards. Let me just say that without my morning coffee, I’m not quite all “there” in the morning, so when we went to leave I must have grabbed the first book on my nightstand without paying much attention. I was reading Secret Daughter at this time and had intended on continuing to read it at hockey, so when I whipped out Sarah’s Key, I was confused for about 5 minutes, until I realized that my bookmark wasn’t missing: I had grabbed the wrong book. Oops. After giving myself heck for not taking the correct book, I settled into what I brought and was then kicking myself for owning this book for such a long time and not reading it until now. Sarah’s Key tells two stories: one is the story of Sarah, a Jewish girl, during the days of the Holocaust, who made the decision to lock her brother in a cupboard when the French police came to take her family away, telling herself that she’ll come back to get him. The other is the story of Julia, an American in Paris, a journalist who is writing a story about this particular time in history. The story is told, at first, from each perspective, ultimately merging partway through the book. I thought it was a fantastic read and found myself hooked from the first chapter. I have read books on the Holocaust in the past and whenever I do, I find myself wanting to read more. I was entranced by Sarah’s story and wanted to hear more from her, long after her part of the story came to an end. I appreciated Julia’s point of view, but it was nothing compared to Sarah’s. de Rosnay paints a picture of the wartime and it was hard not to get completely absorbed by both stories with their well-painted characters and landscapes. While I appreciated Julia’s story, I found myself intrigued mostly when she was relaying information about Sarah’s story, though, as a character, I didn’t really like her character. I thought she acted like a doormat in her relationship and I couldn’t find myself relating to her. She didn’t have the strength that Sarah had during her story and I had hoped she would find the strength by the end of the novel, but she never did. I also thought that, at times, things came a little too easy to Julia with her research. People, places, and events needed little to no research and some of her acquaintances seemed too coincidental. Though, I did find myself guessing what would happen throughout the novel, only to find that my original instincts were constantly being thwarted. The writing is simple and the prose easy to read, and the message about never forgetting is a powerful one. If you enjoy reading books about history (though de Rosnay is clear to say that this is not an intentional book about the history of the Vel d’Hiv), or want a quick, engrossing read, give Sarah’s Key a try. I found myself wanting to read more about the events, as well as learning more about the history of my own country.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! The sadness, the fight, the struggles, the passion. This novel has all this and more. You feel the pain of Sarah, you feel the fight of Julia. It's as if you are there in France experiencing what Sarah is experiencing. A very well written novel, and must read!
Date published: 2012-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I did not want it to end!
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! I read this book in one day. I sat at the cottage and read, I went for a walk and couldn't wait to get back to read, I had company over and couldn't wait until I could crawl back into bed and read. It was a page turner to say the least. I truly enjoyed this of writing, this is a must read. From past to present and back, it keeps you thinking, it reminds you of the horror of the past and of just how lucky we are to live in North America in 2012.
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good but not great After reading all of the reviews I had high expectations for this book but unfortunately, it fell short for me. It was good, certainly an interesting page turner that kept me engrossed but not as compelling as I expected.
Date published: 2011-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read I enjoyed this book for sure! Though it is an easy read, it does pull on your heart strings... Sarah is what keeps you going in it. But I agree with others who have reviewed this book, that I liked how it kept coming back to Julia. I have recommended it to others, and they also have enjoyed it. Its worth the read
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First half great, second half drags! I was so excited when I started reading this book. The first half of it is so spectacular, I just couldn't put it down. But then it takes a bad turn and I just found it dull and predictable. I won't ruin the story line for you, but just be prepared that it does not sustain it's momentum throughout the whole book.
Date published: 2011-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kind of disappointed! I enjoyed this book, but not as much as most of the reviews I've read. I felt that the story of Sarah, the Holocaust, the experience of the French family who sheltered Sarah, the French police who participated and the French public who condoned got overshadowed at times by Julia's pain about her failing marriage, etc. There is a huge important story here, and it wasn't really about Julia.
Date published: 2011-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Without questions one of the best books I've read This was definitely a quick read and a book that was passed around my family - enjoyed by all! I loved how the book went back and forth from the war era to the "present" almost 60 years later. The alternate views were page turners - for me. To be honest I even caught myself skipping a chapter so I could continue reading about Sarah's experience because the suspense was killing me!
Date published: 2011-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Total page turner... I was pulled in from the first page! Tatiana's writing style has a natural, easy flow. Her descriptions of character and setting made for a vivid, clear picture in my mind. Will definitely read more of Tatiana's writing.
Date published: 2011-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from couldnt put it down! this book was amazing! loved every minute of it. i think i only put it down for breakfast lunch and dinner
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read but so sad.... I read a lot of reviews on this book and it has always intrigued me. Unfortunately I was always in the middle of another book. I got into this right after I finished The Help (awesome book). My bf's mom recommended it. Very easy read and the pages flow from one another easily. Switches narrators from Sarah and Julia. At first it bothered me, bc the chapters are short and I wanted to keep reading the same narrator and it would go back to the other narrator. Eventually I got use to it and started becoming emotional to the 2 characters. Good book, but reader beware it is a very sad book. I am not emotional person, but this book made me really sad afterwards. I was thinking about both characters for the next few hours. A highly recommended read to anyone who would like an easy read but a solid story.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really, really gripping and a good read! This is the first book I have read by this author. I like her writing style - just the right balance between descriptive and narrative content. This book grabbed me from the very first page and I couldn't - and didn't want to - put it down. A shocking storyline, and the author manages to completely drawn the reader in. This book stayed with me long after I finished reading it.
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from down in a day and a half! must read This book had me reading until it ended. It was a great story enlaced with a tragic historical event that I really had no clue about! i loved the punctuation and sentence structures, made the book really easy to read and read and read more. I did find it a bit repetitive and predictable at times, but i would still recommend this little book.
Date published: 2011-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prepare to stay up reading Almost impossible to put down. Weaves history and present day and makes historical facts come alive. Difficult to read about the round-up of the French Jewish community particularly from the perspective of a child.
Date published: 2011-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broke my Hearth (In a good way) I cannot recommend this book enough - well written, touching, poignant, and while sad, it is hopeful. Excellent read.
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An emotionally touching and chilling book Could not put it down...the late nights were worth it....chills and warms the soul.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Couldnt put it down. Very good book.
Date published: 2011-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gives you chills Sarah, a ten year old girl, lives in Paris with her parents and brother when in 1942, French police come knocking on their door. Sarah hides her brother in a cupboard and locks him in so that the police can't take him, thinking she'll be back within the day to let him out. However Sarah doesn't know that the French Police are rounding up Jewish families and taking them to the Velodrome d'Hiver with over 10,000 others. A stain on French history, sixty years later, Julia Jarmond is asked to write a piece on the roundup for her newspaper. An American living in Paris, Julia didn't know about this, but finds herself much closer to this piece of history than she knows. The apartment that she is moving in to with her husband and child is the one where Sarah lived and locked her brother in the cupboard. This book switches between Sarah's narrative and Julia's narrative. Sarah's narrative is much more honest but more painful and sad. She tells her story that starts as a naive child but very quickly learns about what her parents have hidden from her and why she is being taken from home. It's pretty easy to see where the story is going to go, but it's an interesting journey to get there. I found it simply written but got in to the novel quite quickly. About 2/3rds the way through the novel, Sarah's narrative stopped and I think it would have added a special touch to the novel to have one last chapter with the final part of her story at the end of the novel. After I had finished, I looked up the Vel d'Hiv and read about the history of this horrific event. I had never heard about it in the past and felt that this novel was a perfect way to bring this event to light.
Date published: 2011-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Emotional read Subject matter is difficult to read about to begin with, but having the narrative from a little girl just made it more difficult in my opinion. Great historical facts tied in to the story. I found it to be half of a great book since the author changes up her pattern halfway through the book.
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! I loved this book, I read it in a day and a half, staying up late and everything! Very hard book to put down and I found that I was always wanting to read more to see what was going to happen next...I couldn't wait!
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Emotional Read Set between the two different times - 1942 and 2002- is an interesting way to write about the Paris Roundup. Some parts I found predictable, but still a very enjoyable book. It was difficult to read about some of the horrific events, especially the treatment of children.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartbreaking and unforgettable i love this story and was very touched by it, especially being close with my little brother, i spent a lot of time fighting tears as i was reading but it is worth the sadness in the end. i hope the upcoming movie does this book justice (most movies never do), i am excited to see it. this story brings you into the midst of the turmoil of the war, it places you right there beside the characters and you will find it very difficult to put the book down until resolution is found. and then, you will find it even harder to forget.
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner A wonderful read from cover to cover. Even made me shed a tear...I never cry!
Date published: 2011-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down! It has been a long time since I had read a book in one day. A book that draws you in so much you don't want the book to end. Sarah's Key was that book. Must read you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2011-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching There was so much going on in this book it was hard to put it down. I love the setup from chapter to chapter alternating between the stories. The writing was tremendous, I really could feel Julia's pain and Sarah's pain. The smells, the sounds were very well described. This book inspired me to learn more about the roundup and to have conversations about family. I think I will look for other books by this author.
Date published: 2011-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous story Great book, hard to put down. Info on the French jews that I had not heard before.
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story Well researched and written. The ending was a bit anticlimactic and disappointing, but for the most part the book was good.
Date published: 2011-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down! Started reading this book yesterday and can't put it down. Well-written, heart wrenching story. Haven't had much sleep since picking up this book. Can't wait to finish it!
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best I couldn't put this book down. Very interesting and kept you on your toes right till the very end. I let my sister read it and she stayed up till 2:30am to finish it. Definetely a must to read.
Date published: 2011-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing read This is a great book, based on horrific, historical facts, and one that was hard to put down. I will recommend it to all my friends who love to read.
Date published: 2011-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down I Recommend this to ANYONE who is looking for a read, i finished this book in 3 days becauwse i couldnt put it down (if it wasnt for work am sure i could have done it in a day hehehe) i can not wait! to read more from this author she has the ability to capture you and take you right into her book, i was crying and laughing the whole way thru this book .... 5 stars for Tatiana De Rosnay ... thank you for this book you are truly a gifted writer
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sarah's key Sarah's Key is an amazing book! I could not put it down. The author did a great job going back in time and then connecting it to the present.
Date published: 2011-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Like most other books of Heather's Picks this is a must read.
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Never have I picked up a book on a fluke and loved it as much as I do this book. Sarah’s Key was heartbreaking, but beautiful. I learned of things I had never heard of before. And I cried. A lot. Definitely worth the read if you’re in the mood for something a little more heavy.
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye Opener I really liked this book even though it not my usual genre.I found this book to be of great interest.Even though parts of it were disturbing because of the nature of the topic( Holocaust) ,I found myself drawn to the two main characters.I have gone online and researched Vel D'hiv 1942 for more on the subject.It is sad that I am just learning about this now.Those truely were horrible times.
Date published: 2011-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Revelation I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read Sarah’s Key. Over the years I made sure that I was informed about the Holocaust; starting with the Diary of Anne Frank, onto Jean-Francois Steiner’s Treblinka and then Night by Elie Wiesel. I was also careful to watch shows that treated the subject with respect and truth; World at War, Schindler’s List and HBO’s 2001 undervalued Conspiracy come to mind. From the first few pages I was soon to realize that I knew nothing about the Vél d’Hiv roundup. As the book unfolds I found Sarah’s journey riveting and the modern day Julia’s story was well intertwined. Unfortunately when de Rosnay drops Sarah’s narrative and let’s the rest of it unfold through Julia’s research the book loses its substance. At that point Sarah’s Key takes on the veneer of a romance novel; the characters and scenes became banal. The last chapter was positively Danielle Steelesque; so much so that when Julia reveals the name of her baby it doesn’t read as poignant but trite. I do recommend the book as the first half is well written and devoid of melodrama; as France is now willing to face and apologize for the Vél d’Hiv this event needs to take it place in our consciousness. Which further reinforces that if de Rosnay had continued to write Sarah’s character into the second half of the book this would have been a truly great novel from beginning to end.
Date published: 2011-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absorbing From the first page to the last, this book was completely absorbing. It was thought provoking and gut wrenching. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic I absolutely loved reading this book. I was not aware of this time in Parisian history. We always link the Germans to the Jews but not the French to the Jews. It not only tells a dark story,it also tells a story of hope. This book has no slow parts, it's always interesting, always something going on. Excellent read.
Date published: 2011-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I knew this was going to be a great book just from the first chapter. It moves from regular date to 1942. It is in the perspective of an older woman whose family is somehow tied with a little girl who was captured in the Jewish roundup of the Holocaust. The real term was the roundup Vel’ d’Hiv. I almost cried with every chapter I read. I would definitely recommend this book. It gives you an insight on things people like to forget. Great book!
Date published: 2011-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully haunting This novel touched me to the core. At times I had to stop reading and just absorb and feel the depth of the words and events. So well written ... I can't stop thinking about it.
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A deff must read! When i bought this book I was in an airport and just looking for a book that would pass my eight and a half hour flight i wasn't really looking for something speciffic and just grabbed one of the first books I saw. And I am glad I picked this book! I was grabbed by the first few pages. The two stories that are intertwined so well are heart breaking and so real. The characters are also portrayed so well and are for once actually realistic. The author keeps you interested from page one until the end. It is one of those books when you reach the last page your angry and are like "Thats it? thats all there is? I want more!" it is definately neat how she goes from the past to the present and you are definately able to feel the emotions the characters are feeling for they are portrayed so well. and so as I have said before it is a deffinate must read for sure! you will not be dissapointed!
Date published: 2011-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Key To The Heart This book was recommended to me through an online book club. It is a book written about a story of a young girl from World War II. It is a tragic story as it would seem all books written regarding that time are. However, the author has written the story in such an interesting way. She keeps the reader engaged by not just telling the girl's story from the past, but intertwining it with a woman from the future who finds herself obsessed and enaged with the character Sarah. It is exceptional that even now a writer is able to tell a story from a subject and era so well covered in a new light. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to curl up with a book for the evening. It's raw and real.
Date published: 2011-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely captivating! This book was beautifully written and at times heart breaking to read! I found myself praying for a positive outcome as the chain of events unravelled in both time periods. But the story of Sarah and Michael will stay with me and haunt me forever.
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Book I enjoyed this book, although I found parts of it difficult to read because of the subject matter not the writing. I liked the writing style and found the story easy to follow. I enjoy historic fiction and I think the author did an excellent job on this novel.
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this I really like books that incorporate true/historical events. It was difficult to put this book down and I was reading it whenever I could find a spare minute. You really become involved with Sarah and find yourself keenly interested in what happens to her in her life story.
Date published: 2011-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very thought provoking heart wrenching read i stayed up until the wee hours of the night to finish this book. very well written and engaging. I love how it brings up France's involvement. I was not even aware of. It swings back and forth between eras in a very readable way too, this is not easily accomlished. I can't wait to see the movie later this year when hopefully it comes out here. The fact it is so easy to believe it is 100% true makes it a win to me.
Date published: 2011-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was my first read of Tataian's books and this one took my breath away. I learned something new from a historical point of view (Paris's participation in WWII) and your heart was touched by the riveting chain of events that the characters experienced. A must read!!
Date published: 2011-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read This book was very captivating and wonderful to read, I would definitely recommend it!!
Date published: 2010-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book Would recommend this book. Have to say my favourite book that I have ever read. Beautifully told from the different perspectives, different time periods but flowed very well. Characters were well developed and I could picture them, easily. Also enjoyed the historical elements. Again, would recommend to all. 6 Stars!
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! With three busy children, it usually takes me two weeks to read a novel - I read this one in two days! I was up early before the kids reading with my morning coffee and stayed up late both nights to finish! I had a hard time putting it down!
Date published: 2010-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started Strong & Petered Out I was really excited about reading this book & it did not disappoint as I started reading. The author captured my imagination right away & I was thoroughly enjoying the book till it got close to the end where I felt it turned into a romance novel. It seemed to lose its integrity & depth. None the less I did enjoy the novel.
Date published: 2010-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting Story I loved this book and could not put it down. This is one of my favorite novels ever and I recommend it to everyone. The story gripped me right from the beginning. I enjoyed how it was written and the author kept me roped in throughout. The only negative for me was at times I thought some parts were a little rushed and wished they were a bit more developed. Overall, this is a haunting story and Sarah and her little brother will probably stay with me forever.
Date published: 2010-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Story Will Stay with Me Forever This was a heartbreaking story. I learned things that I wish I really hadn't learned in this book. The way those poor people were treated....it's unbelievable and tragic. This is a great story, which will probably stay with me for the rest of my life.
Date published: 2010-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different book than you might think I picked the book originally because it was Heather's Pick but was a little worried about the topic (Auschwitz) as I have read many stories about that time. It was a terrific spin on a horrific time and it turned out to be a page turner!
Date published: 2010-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You need to read this... If you are interested in reading about the actions of WWII then you should read this. Overall an easy read, quite sad, and a fictional story but a story that needs to be told. I never knew anything about the roundup at the Vel but its another piece of history that needs to be told and brought to light. You will not put this down, you will want to know what happened to Sarah and her brother Michael. Read it, recommend it, remember it. Happy reading :)
Date published: 2010-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye opening! I am embarrased to confess that I did not know about the Val d'Hiv tragedy in 1942 France. I am saddened by the event but pleased to now know about it. This book gave me a good understanding of the event and did so with an interesting blend of two voices. Much like The Elegance of the Hedgehog, this book demonstrates how reading two perspectives of the same thing can make a book so much more than just a good read.
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Novel I would just like to say that Sarah's Key was the best book I have read in a very long time. I finished it in four days and I am still thinking about how it truly touched me emotionally. If you are interested in WWII stories, this will be a great read for you.
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a great book. Sarah's story will break your heart. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull This book had a cheesy Harlequin-ish tone, from beginning to end. Characters lacked dimension, story was predictable. The writing inspired no emotion in me. It had the potential to be a good story, but without solid writing to back it up, it fell flat. It was a Heather's Pick, so I'm glad I kept the receipt. If you have to read it, have the good sense to borrow it from someone.
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I enjoyed reading this book! The characters were all so fantastically sculpted by the author, and it was another good perspective on the Holocaust and how far it reached throughout the world (and throughout time, for that matter), and how many people were affected by it. It's one of those books that you only put it down because you have to, and once you do, you constantly think about the story and when you can get back to reading it.
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This book was awesome. I found it intriguing and really kept my interest. I couldn't wait to get to the end only to find myself wanting more. I really liked the history in it and the characters were done very well.
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read Ok--first off--the subject matter in this book is obviously very sad--but it is beautifully written and informative and shows that there were some people that risked all during the Nazi regime. I felt bad that I had never heard of the thousands of Jews that were killed by French Police during the war under Hitler's orders. I found this book very informative & hard to put down.
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great A must read book. It takes place in France about a family that is sent to Germany to the gas chambers. It is a great book about the history behind the Holocaust. I did not know that France played a big part in it. This brave young girl holds the key to her brothers future. A must read.
Date published: 2010-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad story / outstanding storytelling Innovative way of recounting this important event pertaining to the treatment of Jews in the second world war in and around Paris. Well written and moving.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I loved the book. I didn't realize that France sent people to the Germans to be executed. It really opens your eyes. A must to read.
Date published: 2010-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story! This novel was shocking, profound and intense. Although a sad story of Sarah and her family during the roundup by French Police in July of 1942 under order from the German’s, Sarah’s story will move you in ways you never thought possible. At ten-years-of-age, Sarah is taken with her parents because they are Jewish and bussed to the Vel d’Hiv where they stayed under appalling conditions for three or four days. Before leaving their apartment, Sarah locked her 4-year-old brother, Michel, in a cupboard to avoid him being taken by the police. She promised to return to the apartment to get him. From the Vel d’Hiv, Sarah and her parents were taken to an internment camp to await further instructions. Eventually her father was separated from Sarah and her mother and finally her mother was separated from Sarah. Alone and afraid Sarah tried her best to keep her spirits up even though she now realized they were all going to be killed. She meets Rachel and the two of them together, decide to escape under one of the fences and run for their lives. Sixty years later, an American journalist named Julia Jarmond becomes enthralled with Sarah’s story and passionately delves into Sarah’s life and what became of her. You will be shocked and astounded at what Julia discovers. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Paris - past and present I really enjoyed and would recommend this book. I liked the writing style, the short chapters, the back/forth between 1942 and the present and the small history lesson imparted. I was sad to have the 1942 story-line end about 2/3 through the book, but was satisfied with the manner in which the story resolved. It was a treasure to have this Parisian story described with reference to streets and neighbourhoods. It made me remember my visits to Paris with great fondness. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read books about places you might want to visit, as a quick, well-paced read, that doesn't challenge but manages to sweep you away.
Date published: 2010-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Total Page-Turner! I Couldn't Put it Down! I absolutely loved this book. I started reading it on a cross-country flight, and when I arrived at my destination (tired and jet-lagged), I still had to stay up all night to finish it! It was so touching and haunting at the same time. I really felt like I was 'there' while reading it, and just couldn't put it down. I laughed, I cried, and when I read the last page, I wished there was more... I have passed the book on to my aunts, who also loved it. Definitely a must-read.
Date published: 2010-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! I love the concept of an old story intertwining with the present. The writing flows so well and very descriptive...I couldn't put it down! It's my new favorite novel and will recommend to every reader I know.
Date published: 2010-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting I will not ruin the story for you but I will say that it is a story of the Holocaust that you will not forget. The author brings the past and present together, surrounded by a tragic event, that while fictional, probably took place somewhere. It is very sad, but it brings the Holocaust to light in a way that only a well written work of fiction can.
Date published: 2010-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sad but Captivating Story Sarah is a 10 year old jewish girl, Who is ripped away from her home along with her parents during the July, 1942 Vel D'Hiv round up. In Order to save her young brother, She puts him in their secret hiding spot, a cupboard in their room. Promising to return to get him. Julia Jarmond is a 45 year old american who lives in paris with her french husband Betrand and their daughter Zoe. Life for Julia was simple and routine. But when she is given an assigment from the magazine she works for to write about the 60th Anniversary of the Vel D'Hiv roundup. Julia finds herself infatuated with that dark day on July 16, 1942. And finds herself yearning to know more about Sarah. Only Julia soon finds out that a connection stronger than anything she expected links her to the young girl she is fighting to know. Sarah's Key was a truly captivating book. The Book is based on 2 point of views, Someone who endered it, and someone who later on discovered it. It goes back and forth from Past to Present. I found it extremely hard to put down, The things that Sarah and her family and many other Jewish families had to endure had me in tears. The book was very descriptive, Making it easy to imagine yourself there, With Sarah. This book was amazing, and I will recommend it to all my friends. I think it is a book that everyone should read atleast once. It is a rare jem.
Date published: 2010-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from an interesting read The book grabbed me in the beginning & I found the book an interesting read. I appreciated the history that the book was based on but towards the end I kind of lost a bit of interest when it turned into too much of a romance story for me. But overall it was well worth reading.
Date published: 2010-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! The book was truly difficult to put down. The interesting intertwining of the characters and the flipping between 1942 to the present provided for interesting reading and perspective.
Date published: 2010-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Must Read!!! I couldn't put this book down from the minute I started reading it. I have recommended it to all of my friends and family. It is a moving story, with amazing characters. The story of Sarah and her family will have you crying, and hoping along with them that it was all a dream.
Date published: 2010-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read for history fans Absolutely great!!!
Date published: 2010-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but predictable While this is a good piece of Holocaust fiction, it is by no means a gripping tale that keeps you guessing. I found the plot predictable (Spoiler Alert!!) from the outcome of the whole "marriage or baby" debacle to the name of Julia's daughter at the end. I really liked the first half of the book, but found the ending cheesy, and a bit melodramatic with the whole "we looked into each other's eyes until we could speak without crying" line. It's an interesting read for sure, but it's not the greatest writing in the world.
Date published: 2010-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A captivating story I started this novel on my way to work Thursday morning and by Friday night, I had finished. Rosnay's story of Sarah horrific experience during the French round-up of Jewish families is devasting and cruel, but as told from the perspective of a 10 year old, it showed the idealism children and made me grateful for my own family. Sarah's story interwines insightfully with the story of investigative journalist Julia and I couldn't help but root this woman who is on her own path of self-discovery.
Date published: 2010-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A probable story built around historical facts. Learned alot about a topic that was otherwise unknown to me. Could have used more french weaved in. Liked it alot in the begining with the alternating chapters from present to past. I didn't care for the ending though.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! The book started off at its strongest point which i liked because it is usually hard for me to continue to read the book if it starts off slow. This is not to say that the other parts in the book were weak because everything was so thrilling and beautifully written. You really begin to understand the lives of all of the characters. I will admit though that the end of the book became quite slow and not very interesting but everything else was fantastic, from begin to almost the end:)
Date published: 2010-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I learned another facet of the persecution of the Jews during WWII - which was interesting - although, in this case mainly fictional. What I could barely tolerate was the narrative of the writer. Far too much whining and wimpering for me - just not interested in hearing about the narrator's "problems".
Date published: 2010-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! A great piece of fiction that tells us something we may not have known about history. The way the author flips from real time into the past telling an amazing story about how a little girls life connects with the lives of so many is amazing. Once I started reading I couldn't stop.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Touching This story taught me a whole new lesson aout the French role in the Halocaust through the eyes and life of a little girl. Her story is sad and unimaginable yet....so true and painful for many. I thouroughly enjoyed evey page of this book and the connections of lives through characters from the past and present . I didn't feel fullfilled with the ending but perhaps I wasn't supposed to..........
Date published: 2010-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read This was an amazing book to read. From the moment I picked it up, I couldnt put it down. Breathtaking and addictive. Enjoyed every minute of it.
Date published: 2010-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Page Turner This a well written novel bringing to light France's involvement in the persecution of Jews in 1942 Two stories intertwine ,one of Sarah ( a young jewish girl) and her family in 1942 and the horrendous conditions that existed, then switch to Julia (a journalist) in France 60 years later doing research for a piece she is working on involving The Vel d'Hiv' Commemeration. Tatiana de Rosna does a brilliant job in writing this novel , giving us really great strong characters. While the voice of Sarah was so authentic and compelling, the voice of Julia gave us the needed relief (for lack of a better word) from the horrors that existed. I could not put this book down. A few flaws , yes, but well worth the read.
Date published: 2010-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely stunning I cannot believe I had not read this book earlier. WOW. It is breathtaking and its left me speechless. This is a beautiful intertwining of fiction and real life. A melancholy story which shines a light on an unfortunate event. Wonderful. It will bring tears to your eyes.
Date published: 2010-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could not put it down!! The writer knows how to WRITE!!! The book is simple to read, heart grasping and takes place in 1942 and now. It toggles between the two dates and it makes you want to know what happens and how the two times connect. You love Sarah and you hope she finds strength and you feel for Julia in the now!!! How it all comes together is just amazing!!!!
Date published: 2010-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The story will be in your mind long after you finish the last page! Is a hauntingly beautiful tale set between 1942 and current day. Sarah a young french jew has been has been taken away with her family by the french police.....but not before she helps her little brother Michel hide.......Sarah and Julia will be in your mind long after you finish reading! This book is by far one of the best I have read!
Date published: 2010-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good premise - poorly written The reviews for this book were so fabulous, I had to read it. I wonder now if this is an "Emperors' New Clothes" phenomenom, or if collectively the reading public has come to expect writing in this style. The premise of the story was original and intriguing. I found the writing unsophisticated, and pedantic. The character development I found weak, and the plot predictable. Apologies to all who loved it.
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A tragic read When a young, Jewish girl is taken from her home by the French police, she does not know that this is the first leg of a journey that will eventually lead many to Auschwitz. Believing that she will not be gone long, she locks her brother in a hidden cupboard to protect him until she returns. This tragic fictional account of the life of a young Jewish girl during World War II illuminates the horrific and little-known facts of the events of July 16, 1942 in Paris, France. In present-day Paris Julia Jarmond, an American journalist, becomes increasingly obsessed with learning the truth about the young girl’s life while her own life gradually unravels. This novel was slightly disappointing as I wanted it to move away from the familiar stories of the holocaust and reveal something new as it seemed to aspire to do. The story of the young brother trapped in the locked cupboard along with the often omitted aspect of French history offered promise and yet in the end it seemed that de Rosnay relied upon formulaic suspense and predictable outcomes. The images in this novel are vivid which could perhaps be attributed to the writing, however I suspect that it has more to do with the brutality of the events. In all I was grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the events of July 1942, but I was left wanting perhaps a bit more depth in the characters and fewer attempts to create a contrived sense of suspense.
Date published: 2010-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad yet life-affirming I found that I couldn't put this book down. I found the chapters relating to Sarah compelling. The chapters alternate between 1942 and 2002 (with Julia) and this format works better than is some other novels I have read. Enjoyed it immensely.
Date published: 2009-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read Interesting and sad. It was a good story, sad and honest. Tatiana de Rosnay is a wonderful writer.
Date published: 2009-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing short of truly amazing... This is probably one of the most fantastic novels that I have read in my life time, and I am sure it will top my chart for many years to come. Tatiana De Rosnay has written such a compelling novel of truth, secrets, tragedy, grief and love - Sarah's Key. Sarah's entire life changes after one cruel evening in July of 1942 when the French Police raid her family's home taking herself, her father and her mother. Quickly before she is taken, she locks her younger brother, Michael, in their secret hiding place, a cupboard, and claims she will be back in the next day or so for him... or so she thought. Little did Sarah, a young Jewish girl that wore a star on her clothes, know that she and her family would soon be taken to different camps - in the long run, parents to one camp - Auschwitz, and children to another. Will Sarah be able to cope with the cruel world she has been raised in? Will she make it back in time to save her brother? What will she learn about the place that she calls home? Meanwhile on the flip side, Julia Jarmond, a journalist from Paris - years of the 2000's, has been instructed to write about the Round Up - Vel' d'Hiv - for her next article. Julia will soon learn how both her world, years later, and Sarah's world, 60 years prior, will collide. Join Sarah and Julia on their courageous journey. What an incredibly, fantastically, heart-touching written novel. I just could not put it down.
Date published: 2009-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking historical documentation At the request of the Germans, after the occupation of France, French police in Paris roundup French Jews (July 1942) to the Velodrome d'Hiver stadium. They were only to take men and women, but they also took children. Thousands of those children died before, during and after the subsequent move to Auschwitz. The Jewish families thought that they may not have much to fear because these were French police - not Germans, but nothing could have been further from reality. The heartbreak experienced by families is well documented in this novel. Well researched and well written, this novel includes more than just information about the round-up, it also includes the experiences of families - Jewish and French, as well as the easy amnesia of present day French citizens - the horror they would love to say they have no reason to remember - not that many of them actually remember or know about the event. I found the undercurrent of discrimination difficult to understand or accept from a country under siege - was that the reason or was it always there?
Date published: 2009-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Told Story Sarah's Key is a sad, but well told story of a young Jewish girl who is captured by the nazis in France. Sarah, and her parents, are taken away from their home in Paris, imprisoned as part of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, and eventually put into the Jewish work/concentration camps. The novel alternates between Sarah in 1942 and Julia, a journalist in modern day Paris. Julia is writing a piece on the Vel d'Hiv children and comes across Sarah's story. She becomes consumed with the story of young Sarah and attempts to find out what happened to the young girl and her family. Although the characters are fictional, this novel is based on the true history of France in 1942 and Sarah and her family personify the thousands of French Jews who were handed over to the nazis during the occupation of France. Although it is easy to blame the nazis for this atrocity, de Rosnay helps you understand that there was anti-Semitism through many parts of Europe and that the French government played a significant role in the imprisonment and deaths of my French Jews. Well written story - recommended!
Date published: 2009-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's All About Rememberance The first few chapters of "Sarah's Key" is very reminiscent of "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak...a story of World War II, being Jewish, and being a young girl. But that's where the similarities of these two books ends. "Sarah's Key" reads fast and easy. The writing flows...the characters are strong. Though less complex than it could have been it was a sad story of what it meant to be Jewish in 1942 and what it meant to remember. Any story that takes place in Paris always finds a place on my book shelves. I am as addicted to that city as i am to books. This isn't the reason i picked this book up in the first place...i was pulled in because it keeps me remembering...what happened all those years ago...to innocent people who had absolutely no control over their own destiny.
Date published: 2009-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Haunting Tale Fantastic read. Before this book I knew very little about France's role in WWII, and the persecution of the Jews in particular. Sarah's Key is a truly haunting tale, particularly the scenes from the Vel d'Hiv roundup and the rue de Saintonge apartment. The book reads like non-fiction, and I had to stop myself from getting too emotionally involved with the characters multiple times (Sarah's anguish over her brother Michael's welfare is almost too devastating). I really enjoyed the way de Rosnay intertwined the two story lines, allowing us to see the story from both the past and present; the point at which the two stories meet is frighteningly poignant. This is a dynamic peice of fiction recommended to all.
Date published: 2009-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Page Turner...You Won't Be Able to Put It Down! This is now one of my favorite books that I've read. The story flips between two characters. Both are in France. One character is 1942 during World World II. The second character in 2002. Julia Jarmond is a reporter in 2002 who has been asked to do a story on a dark event in French history. The round up of Veldrome d'Hiver. This is when thousands of Jewish families where locked up for days and most went to Auschwitz and gassed. The young Jewish girl is scared when in the dead of night, the French police coming knocking on the door of her families apartment. Her brother automatically goes to his hiding spot in the wall and tell's his sister to lock him in and she promised to come back. She does everything in her power to get back to him. As Julia starts to investigate this story and tries to find out what happened to this family. It was a page turner and I finished this book in two days. The author was able to draw me into both stories. I will probably have to read this book again because I needed to find out how the story ended, I'm sure I missed a lot in the book. One of my favorite books ever.
Date published: 2008-11-23

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Sarah's Key: A Novel

by Tatiana de Rosnay

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.18 × 5.93 × 0.92 in

Published: September 30, 2008

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312370849

ISBN - 13: 9780312370848

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SARAH''S KEY (Chapter 1) Paris, July 1942   The girl was the first to hear the loud pounding on the door. Her room was closest to the entrance of the apartment. At first, dazed with sleep, she thought it was her father, coming up from his hiding place in the cellar. He''d forgotten his keys, and was impatient because nobody had heard his first, timid knock. But then came the voices, strong and brutal in the silence of the night. Nothing to do with her father. "Police! Open up! Now!" The pounding took up again, louder. It echoed to the marrow of her bones. Her younger brother, asleep in the next bed, stirred. "Police! Open up! Open up!" What time was it? She peered through the curtains. It was still dark outside. She was afraid. She remembered the recent, hushed conversations she had overheard, late at night, when her parents thought she was asleep. She had crept up to the living room door and she had listened and watched from a little crack through the panel. Her father''s nervous voice. Her mother''s anxious face. They spoke their native tongue, which the girl understood, although she was not as fluent as them. Her father had whispered that times ahead would be difficult. That they would have to be brave and very careful. He pronounced strange, unknown words: "camps," "roundup, a big roundup," "early morning arrests," and the girl wondered what all of it meant. Her father had murmured that only the men were in danger, not the women, not the children, and that he would h
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A New York Times bestseller.
 
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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"A wonderful book." --Joy Behar, The View   “This is the shocking, profoundly moving and morally challenging story...  It will haunt you, it will help to complete you… nothing short of miraculous.”  -Augusten Burroughs   “Just when you thought you might have read about every horror of the Holocaust, a book will come along and shine a fierce light upon yet another haunting wrong.  SARAH''S KEY is such a novel.  In remarkably unsparing, unsentimental prose... through a lens so personal and intimate, it will make you cry--and remember.” -Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us   "A haunting, riveting novel... This book grabs your heart in the opening chapter, and its scenes and characters stay with you long after you finish." --Publishers Weekly, a PW 2008 Staff Pick   “Masterly and compelling, it is not something that readers will quickly forget. Highly recommended.”-Library Journal, Starred Review “Exceptional, emotional, and compelling…” – Sacramento Bee “A powerful novel… Tatiana de Rosnay has captured the insane world of the Holocaust and the efforts of the few good people who stood up against it in this work of fiction more effectively than has been done in many scholarly studies. It is a book that makes us sensitive to how much evil occurred and also to how much willingness to do good also existed in that world.” --Rabbi Jack Riemer, South
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