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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Apr 22, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from August 21 to September 07, 2011

This is a tragic story of a girl and her family that took place during the World War II in Paris. In July 1962 thousands of Jewish families living in France are arrested and sent by the French police to camps and later on to Auschwitz. This event is known as the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup. 10-year-old Sarah Starzynski and her parents are also among the “victims”. Just before she leaves her home, Sarah secretly locks her little brother Michel in a hidden closet, promising him she would come back soon.

In 2002, on Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, the American journalist, living in France Julia Jarmond, starts an article about the event. She finds out shocking facts about the Vel’ d’Hiv’s children and their families. which break her world apart. Julia slowly realizes that her life has got a totally new turn and nothing is ever going to be like before. Through her research, Julia finds out that her husband’s family has a long-hidden secret that leads her to Sarah. She is determined to find out what has happen to that girl and her infant brother, even if the price for that would cost her her own family and intern peace.

I totally loved this book and the story-telling. It is so beautifully written, so intelligently, so delightfully. Tatiana De Rosnay has done really a good job! She has managed to simultaneously develop and relate the past and the present in the book and bring them into one towards the end. In present times, the reader gets to know pretty well the character of Julia and her personal struggles she is groing through.

I enjoyed every single page of this book and could not recommend it much enough to all my friends!

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