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Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

By Tatiana de Rosnay

  • Release Date: 2007-06-12
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,745 Ratings


Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.


  • So disappointed

    By BPF72
    I always enjoy reading about this time period and bought this book after reading (and loving) Lilac Girls. While the historical aspect was interesting, the majority of the time was spent in the present with Julia, who I absolutely could not stand. Her story was boring and predictable and I just didn't find her character to be believable. Would've enjoyed the book much more if the focus had been on Sarah. Really don't get how this book has so many positive reviews.
  • It's a great movie!!!

    By HelloKittyFan2012
    I have never read the book for Sarah's Key, but I saw the movie. It was a very sad situation, but I liked the fact that it was set up to look as if it were apart of history. (I'm not sure if what happened in the movie was real or not), but I could honestly see how it could have happened.
  • Zakhor. Al Tichkah - Remember. Never Forget

    By Yvette Br.
    **Book Club Read** 4.5 Stars I actually really enjoyed this book. It was really sad, but powerful. I was pulled in from the start. Sarah's story really touched me and i loved how everyone was connected. This is a really emotional story but definitely worth the read. Such a sad time in history. Zakhor. Al Tichkah - Remember. Never Forget
  • Amazing!

    By dionxmh_
    I love this book! It's amazing how so many people don't know about this, I never did either and Tatiana De Rosnay did an incredible job of bringing two stories together. I would recommend this book to any and everyone.
  • Sarah's Key

    By Aloha Shirl
    Very disappointed...after spending 9.99 on This book...many chapters were missing. I don't even know how it ended. Chapters started missing around pages 443. I guess from now on I will buy books from the bookstore and not on My ipad.
  • Interesting story

    It’s a good book and an interesting story. At times it was moving and emotional and I am grateful to the author for bringing this sad and tragic period of French history to light. The story takes us back to the beginning of WWII, to the rounding up of jewish families and children in the velodrome, which came to be know as Vel’d’Hiv. It also connects it to the present times and the lives of the French/American family that came face to face with the past. Remembering is a way of honoring the victims.
  • A wonderful Moving Story

    By Mac-Chick
    This is a beautiful and moving story about the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, of the Jewish. Told in alternating voices between Sarah a 10 year old Jewish girl who’s family has been rounded up for deport ion and that of Julia, who comes across the story and wants to bring it back to life so the tragedy is remembered. Sarah locks her brother in a cabinet before the roundup and promises she will return. Meanwhile, Julia is assigned a writing piece about the anniversary of the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups. The past and the present sync up beautifully. And while some readers have noted that Julia’s motives are selfish, I don’t see it that way. Why would she not want to write about an individual story that has touched her dearly. Clearly, this is not the brightest moment in our human history and by remembering tragedies of the past we can, hopefully, not relive them again in the future. I enjoyed the history, the story and the heroic actions of every day people.
  • Sarah's Key

    By KK!$14
    No matter what kind of books you enjoy this book will make you cry but will inspire you beyond beleif. You won't be dissapointed. Wonderful book of love and courage. Don't waste your time on the movie though.
  • Excellent!!!

    By Taylorrrrblake1995
    This book is excellent! It's extremely sad and it will touch you. I'm not even a big reader and I couldn't put this book down!! I highly recommend it!
  • My new favorite book!

    By s-a-wiese
    This book is so amazing. I've never read a book so sad and touching, it made me cry. This doesn't make it not worth reading by any means, it is well worth the money! It's so well written and such a good story.