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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Mar 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, book-club-selection
Read in June, 2010

The French police arrested thousands of Jewish families in the summer of 1942 that were sent to Auschwitz.
Sarah, a ten year old girl manages to lock her little brother in a cupboard thinking she was saving him, and that she would be right back.
On the 60th anniversary a journalist is asked to write an article about that black time in France’s history. Through her research she stumbles onto a trail of long hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. While digging into Sarah’s past, and uncovering those secrets, she begins to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
This is a brilliant, compelling look at France under the occupation, and a scathing look at the taboos and silence that surrounded this anguished episode.
A powerful, poignant, and beautifully written debut novel by an author well worth watching.

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