Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key

Book rating: 05 Paperback St. Martin's Press

By (author) Tatiana De Rosnay

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 293 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 206mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312370849
  • ISBN 13: 9780312370848
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 558

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A "New York Times" bestseller. 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 was born in the suburbs of Paris and is of English, French and Russian descent. She is the author of nine French novels. She also writes for French ELLE, and is a literary critic for Psychologies magazine. Tatiana de Rosnay is married and has two children. SARAH'S KEY is her first novel written in her mother tongue, English.

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By Sarah Daly 20 Jun 2011 5

Captivating and heart wrenching, a great read.

By Homan Zandi 07 Jun 2011 5

This an absolute must read. The portray of characters and storey line is absolutely fabulous.
It will bring tears to your eyes.
If you liked the book theif, you will absolutely love this.

By Vikki Oflus 03 Apr 2011 5

I truly loved this book from start to finish. The story line of a combination of fact and fiction made it an interesting read that absorbed you. Even after finishing this book I found myself thinking of the characters and storyline for weeks. I will even read this book again.

By Lynnette McIndoe 30 Nov 2010 5

This is the best book I have read this year. From the moment I started reading it grabbed me, and I was unable to put it down. Both of the 2 stories of people 2 generations apart, kept me reading, wanting to see what came next for each of them. I loved all of the characters in the book, they were all very believable.
I highly recommend Sarah's Key

By Shenay 13 Aug 2009 4

This is a truly wonderful story, so heart breaking yet beautiful at the same time. I literally could not put this book down, and needless to say the end came all too soon. Thank you Tatiana De Rosnay for telling such a compelling story.

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"A wonderful book." --Joy Behar, "The View" “This is the shocking, profoundly moving and morally challenging story...  It will haunt you, it will help to complete you… nothing short of miraculous.”  -Augusten Burroughs “Just when you thought you might have read about every horror of the Holocaust, a book will come along and shine a fierce light upon yet another haunting wrong.  SARAH'S KEY is such a novel.  In remarkably unsparing, unsentimental prose... through a lens so personal and intimate, it will make you cry--and remember.” -Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us "A haunting, riveting novel... This book grabs your heart in the opening chapter, and its scenes and characters stay with you long after you finish." --Publishers Weekly, a PW 2008 Staff Pick “Masterly and compelling, it is not something that readers will quickly forget. Highly recommended.”-Library Journal, Starred Review