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Sarah's Key Hardcover – June 12, 2007
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Starred Review. De Rosnay's U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d'Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers—especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive—the more she uncovers about Bertrand's family, about France and, finally, herself. Already translated into 15 languages, the novel is De Rosnay's 10th (but her first written in English, her first language). 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. (July)
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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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I have since learned that there was a movie made of this story. I wasn't even aware of the book until Amazon recommended it to me. Thank you, Amazon!
I love historical fiction during this time period, so I especially found that part of the story interesting, although I found it incredibly annoying that the author refused to state the name of the little girl until page 118, and that was only a nickname. Her true name and that of her family members was not given until page 132. I was also unhappy with the abortion "dilemma" in the present-day story, the spinelessness of the wife who would even consider killing her unborn child because her husband was a pompous, self-centered, egomaniac who claimed he didn't want to be an old dad (boo hoo) and insisted that she get rid of the baby or he was leaving. Good riddance! Thankfully she finally came to her senses and made the right choice, but that should have been a no-brainer. You can't very well complain about the French or the Germans killing innocent Jewish children and then kill your own baby to pacify your husband, can you?
I appreciated the "closure" in the end, but found the phony "romance" thing between the journalist and a member of the Jewish girl's family to be very contrived and unbelievable. I think the author is a very good story teller and could be great! I enjoyed the book very much and give it 4-1/2 stars.
The interwoven story of Sarah, a young Jewish girl, and Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris. Set in Paris in 1942 and 2002, the story is told of Jewish family sent by the French ultimately to Auschwitz. As they are rounded up, Sarah locks her brother, Michel, in a hidden cupboard with a promise to return for him. Her story is told along with Julia's story of researching the sixtieth anniversary of the tragic events. As Julia's research continues, she becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Sarah despite the effect it is having on her own family. A stirring, emotional read...mesmerizing, and highly recommended.