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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
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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.
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The story is unpredictability bittersweet. Excellent writing. Historically accurate! An amazing read.Published 2 hours ago by Donald C. Lowe
I could barely put this book down! I will look for more of this author's works!Published 2 days ago by Jane Mastrini
This book was so hard to read because of the content but equally hard to put down. Very well written. Read morePublished 7 days ago by AJM
very good story about a very ugly time in our worlds history.Published 7 days ago by catherine steiner
An excellent read with a harrowing account of life during the Holocaust. A must read for any people looking to learn more about the French involvement in WWIIPublished 9 days ago by Vanessa Raath
This is an amazing book. Emotional. Remembering the sadness and abominable treatment of Jewish people. Ive never read a book about the jews till now. How sad. Read morePublished 15 days ago by S. Miller
I was captivated by this story from the beginning. It evoched so many raw emotions and brought me to tears. So many secrets, so much pain woven together through generations. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer