Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

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12 Critic Reviews

...ou will return from reading this book with a new appreciation for dark history brought to light.
-Blog Critics

Synopsis

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 Tatiana de Rosnay

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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.
 
Published June 12, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 305 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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All: 12 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 4

Publishers Weekly

Excellent

It beautifully conveys Julia’s conflicting loyalties, and makes Sarah’s trials so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, that the book is hard to put down.

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Blog Critics

Below average
on Aug 13 2011

it was not the book I thought it would be

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Blog Critics

Good
on Aug 04 2011

...ou will return from reading this book with a new appreciation for dark history brought to light.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Feb 27 2011

...I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anybody.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Nov 11 2012

Tatiana de Rosnay takes her readers through an unforgettable and troubling turns of two lives that will forever hold a place in all her readers hearts.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Sep 30 2008

At once an enthralling and a revelatory read, this is a novel you won’t soon forget as it stays with you long after you’ve set the book down.

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Suite 101

Good
on Jan 03 2011

Sarah's Key is a fabulous book for anyone, not just those who love historical fiction.

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Seattle PI

Good
Reviewed by Heloise on Aug 04 2011

Sarah survives in the novel, but what happens to her brother, her family and offspring and the present-day journalist covering the story? de Rosnay weaves these subjects and more with intrigue, twists and turns, roadblocks and warm welcomes from the characters of Sarah's Key.

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Red Room

Below average
on Jun 06 2012

Could've been an outstanding book had the author book-ended the main story with the suicide, perhaps, or otherwise focused more on that.

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The Reader

Good
on Apr 19 2012

...will not leave you disappointed.

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Gather Books

Below average
on Apr 10 2011

...at times it got hard to follow as it switched between the two people’s stories.

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Gather Books

Below average
on Feb 07 2011

Another writer could have done more with this storyline.

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