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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.

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    Sarah's Key

    I could not put the book down. It saddened me and captivated me right from the start. It inspired me to research and question the Vel d`Hiv roundup and the role of the French police.

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    Although somewhat predictable this novel is a moving story of Hitler's Holocaust atrocities against innocent French victims and in particular one Jewish family. Set in both modern and WW2 periods, the present narrator, a female journalist, is determined to find out the truth and in so doing develops an understanding of both the time period of the atrocities and her own relationship to these events.

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    Great read

    Beautifully written! I couldn't put it down.

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    Sarah's Key

    Very touching and personal. It is about hope, faith and love in struggling moments.

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    Beautiful and powerful story!

    I read this book with so much interest: and so well written. What an horrible period in the French history! It's a book we must read and never forget.. Remember and Never Forget!

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