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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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.Read Full Review of Sarah's Key
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.Read Full Review of Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key is a fabulous book for anyone, not just those who love historical fiction.Read Full Review of Sarah's Key
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.Read Full Review of Sarah's Key
Could've been an outstanding book had the author book-ended the main story with the suicide, perhaps, or otherwise focused more on that.Read Full Review of Sarah's Key
...will not leave you disappointed.Read Full Review of Sarah's Key
...at times it got hard to follow as it switched between the two people’s stories.Read Full Review of Sarah's Key
Another writer could have done more with this storyline.Read Full Review of Sarah's Key
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