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Sarah's Key Hardcover – June 12, 2007
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“This is a remarkable historical novel, a book which brings to light a disturbing and deliberately hidden aspect of French behavior towards Jews during World War II. Like Sophie's Choice, it's a book that impresses itself upon one's heart and soul forever.” ―Naomi Ragen, author of The Saturday Wife and The Covenant
“Sarah's Key unlocks the star crossed, heart thumping story of an American journalist in Paris and the 60-year-old secret that could destroy her marriage. This book will stay on your mind long after it's back on the shelf.” ―Risa Miller, author of Welcome to Heavenly Heights
More About the Author
I was born in the suburbs of Paris and am of English, French and Russian descent.
I am the author of 10 novels, including SARAH'S KEY, A SECRET KEPT, THE HOUSE I LOVED, and THE OTHER STORY. My most recent book is MANDERLEY FOREVER, a French biography of Daphne du Maurier.
I can also be found on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tatianaderosnay, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tatianaderosnay, and now on Instagram at https://instagram.com/tatianaderosnay/. Please visit my website for more information: http://www.tatianaderosnay.com/
Top Customer Reviews
Based upon this seldom mentioned, little known piece of French history, author Tatiana de Rosnay has crafted a well-written novel that alternates between the past in 1942, and the present. The past centers around a 10 year old Jewish girl Sarah Strazynski who is forced to go to the Velodrome d'Hiver with her mother and father, innocently leaving behind a 4 year old brother Michel locked in a secret cupboard with the assurance that she would return to let him out when it was safe.
The present revolves around writer Julia Jarmond, a transplanted American who is married to a frenchman and finds herself being consumed by the story of the Vel d'Hiv incident. As she digs deeper, she uncovers dark secrets surrounding her husband's family which are connected to the deportations of Jews from France. As the truth emerges, the author deftly handles the question of guilt caused by supressed secrets and how the truth can sometimes not only bring about pain and disrupt the regularity of life, yet also have the ability to heal and move forwards into the future.
The method employed by the author, which alternates between the past  and the present is an effective tool for it ties both periods together and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion.Read more ›
Apart from this one coincidence that one has to grant for the sake of the novel, Tatiana de Rosnay mostly avoids melodrama, excessive sentiment, or plot surprises. Sarah's story may be merely a variant on the Holocaust narrative often told before, but its child's-eye viewpoint gives it a moving authenticity, and the short chapters keep it bearable. Especially touching are the glimpses of individual concern and kindness among the general indifference of the French people; the novel honors those unsung saints and heroes who put aside their fear to help in individual ways.Read more ›
The second half of the book made me mad. I only kept reading because of Julia's relationship with her father-in-law. It was predictable, Hollywood schlock.
I wish the author would rewrite the book from page 160 without the superfluous characters, destinations... and without Julia's incessant, repetitious thought process. Unfortunately, De Rosnay dilutes a powerful story and loses her reader's respect; respect that I think was well earned in the first half of the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really made you think of the past . Really makes you feel for the Holocaust victims and what they went through.Published 12 hours ago by Linnea Franklin
Very interesting story, go timeline. I would read it again and I think it would make for a good move.Published 3 days ago by Bryan
I started out pretty absorbed but somewhere around the half point of the book lost interest. It's not the worst thing I've read. Sarah's story was interesting. Read morePublished 5 days ago by alf
I'd recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the holocaust. It's a real bittersweet story with a young girl as the main character.Published 5 days ago by Jocelyn Deuplisea
Very heart felt, and touching. Very understanding what the people in Poland endured.Published 6 days ago by Camille
This book affected me for a long time. I was not fully aware of the roll that the Vichy government played in the rounding up of the Jews. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Linda Kenien Brock
I would've like to have leather more about the roundup, and about Julia's life with a happy ending.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very good read. I can see why it made the best sellers list.Published 9 days ago by Martha Peterson