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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Oct 09, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

Sarah's Key is a powerful and heartbreaking novel is made up of two stories. One is the historical story of the 1942 Vel d'Hiv roundup of the Jews in Paris, as seen through the eyes of a young French girl. It is also the story of Julia Jarmond, a present day journalist writing the story about the roundup. The two plot lines are interlaced gracefully and the book is very well written. However, two thirds of the way through the book, when the young girl's (Sarah) voice disappears from the narrative, the book focuses on the journalist. For me, this part of the story felt forced and contrived. This book would have been a much better read if it focused more on the events of Sarah's lifetime and less on the present day.

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Mayday Maddie agreed -- the journalist annoyed me after awhile

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