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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Feb 06, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: advance-reader-s-copy, 2009, historical-fiction, war, tragedy, world-war-ii, jewish-interest, holocaust, france, grief, brothers-and-sisters
Read in February, 2009

Let me start off by saying I could not put this book down. I must also say, that this book ripped my heart into tiny pieces and I'm not sure I'll ever be the same. Really. Maybe it's because I'm a mom or maybe I'm just an incredibly sensitive person. But I now have images in my brain that will never leave.

Sarah's Key takes place in France - switching between the modern day and the early days of World War II. I really like books like this, and I think the author did a fine job of transitioning us back and forth and filling in the blank spots. Sarah is a 10 year old girl living in Paris when her life is shattered by the French Police, who come into her home to arrest her parents and deport them, along with thousands of other French Jews. Her haunting story is intertwined with that of Julia, a journalist who stumbles upon Sarah's story as well as learning about the involvement of the French Police in the deportations.

Julia's fascination with the story leads her on a journey of not only self-discovery, but also a discovery of a her family's past, a country's past, and the consequences of a terrible secret.
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Heidi L. I've really been wanting to read this -- sounds like I'll need to prepare myself for it!

Jaime I feel the same way about this book. I read it a couple months ago and still think back to what they did to the babies in the camps.

Scott Just selected this for our book club!

Carrie Your comments mirrored my thoughts.

Judy Miller-scobie Exactly how I felt about this book!

Veronica Me too!

Elizabeth I feel the same way! It haunts you...we are reading it for book club in April.

Rachel I just can't stop thinking about a little boy locked up in darkness for days...disturbing. I'm a wreck now!

Tannis Owens I was reading this book in bed and when Sarah found her brother, I thought about my 10 month old son sleeping in the next room and I bawled!! My husband started laughing and thought I was nuts lol

Colleen Browne Just a point of fact. 1942 was not the early days of WWII. Let us remember that it began in 1939. We Americans tend to have such an insular perspective that maybe it is time to open our eyes to the rest of the world.

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