Sarah’s Key

Sarah’s Key :by Tatiana de Rosnay

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I read this book for my book club awhile back.  It is pretty intense, and entirely tragic, but I found it historically fascinating.  Prior to reading this book I had never even heard about the Vel’ d’Hiv.  It was a Nazi initiated raid and roundup of French citizens (Jews), by the French police to reduce the Jewish population in the summer of 1942.

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.


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I read this book before the movie of the same name came out.  As is always the case (thus far) I definitely preferred the book to the film.

I’ve got a lot of books I’ve read over the past year, with all this move in chaos (etc.), that I want to share with you.

I read A LOT and some of my choices are not winners.  So remember, I only tell you about books I think are worth reading.


I’d love to hear about any favorites you have of late.