Sarah's KeyBook - 2007
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.
From Library Staff
Changing from the present day to World War II, this heartbreaking novel gives insights into anti-Jewish sentiment and family issues.
On the 60th anniversary of the 1942 roundup of
Jews by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv section
of Paris, an American journalist is asked about this
dark episode and embarks on an investigation that
leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the
ordeal of a young girl caught up in the ... Read More »
From the critics
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“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” -George Washington
I realized I could not longer bear this alone. I felt isolated, broken. (William (288)
She did not bow her head in shame. She stood straight, her chin high. She wiped away the tears. (Sarah 58)
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Other: This is definitely a very mature novel. I would not recommend it for those under at least 12 years of age. It addresses some very poignant topics.(Family Separation, Death, Suicide, War (the Holocaust), Abortion, Relationships ect) It is an amazing book, it will change the way that you see things and give you a lot of perspective on what the Holocaust was really like.
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A Jewish girl in Paris hides her little brother in the closet and locks it when the Gestapo comes for them, promising that she will come back for him...she escapes from the concentration camp and returns, but he has died. There is a subplot about the family who got the apartment afterwards and their descendants. and one of the wives, who is a journalist and searches the story of the little girl, and finds out the first story.
Haunting story of children caught in the holicaust that was carried out in Paris by the French themselves, the denial by the next generation and the discovery of the story of one doomed family by an American expat married into a French family. Her pursuit of the story which took place in her husband's family home tears the family and her marriage apart.