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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Apr 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010
Read from April 23 to 25, 2010

I can't remember the last time I read a book that so immediately grabbed me. From the first chapter the stakes are beyond high. A young Jewish girl and her parents are arrested as part of the Vel' D'Hiv roundup in Paris. She locks her four year old brother in a cabinet, promising to come back. She does not know they're headed to Auschwitz and will not return. My gut was clenched the entire time.

The author does an excellent job of weaving Sarah's story with Julia's sixty years later. Both storylines were interesting to me, although Sarah's far more compelling. I actually thought Julia's pieces were a nice break from the heaviness of Sarah's. I think it would've been too much emotionally for me otherwise. And I did think the first half was stronger both in terms of plot and the actual writing itself (the prose overall is pretty basic, but it worked here), but this was definitely a book I gobbled up. It was evocative and sad and I highly recommend it.
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