Friday, January 23, 2009

Sarah's Key

I finished another amazing book this week, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. It is a informative story about the Jewish round-up in France in 1942. de Rosnay started the book with two alternating story lines, one set in 1942 the other in 2002. I kept guessing at how these two plots fight together and just when I thought I had it, de Rosnay through in another twist. Here is what Barnes and Noble had to say.

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.

Enjoy ~SJ

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