Set during the occupation of the Vichy government in France during WWII, this is a heartbreaker of a book. When Sarah's family is targeted by the Vel d'Hiv roundup, she locks her little brother in a cupboard to keep him safe and promises she'll come back for him. A beautifully told story, this is one WWII book you will never forget. Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10-year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel dHiv 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.
"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
"A powerful novel...Tatiana de Rosnay has captured the insane world of the Holocaust and the efforts of the few good people who stood up against it in this work of fiction more effectively than has been done in many scholarly studies. It is a book that makes us sensitive to how much evil occurred and also to how much willingness to do good also existed in that world." Rabbi Jack Riemer, South Florida Jewish Journal
"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
Haunting and suspenseful, life-affirming and beautiful, Sarah's Key offers a compelling portrait of occupied Paris and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this little-known episode in French history.
About the Author
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 and 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.