Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

December 7, 2008 at 7:15 am (Book Review)

This book was an amazing read.  I found that I just could not put it down, I had to know how it ended.  Sarah’s Key follows two timelines, alternating each chapter, and shows the developments in the life of Sarah, a 10 year old Jewish girl living in France, and that of Julia Jarmond; an American married to a brooding Frenchman, who is assigned to write about the history of an infamous roundup of Jews for the concentration camps.

Reading about Sarah, and what has happened to her throughout her life was heartbreaking.  Even though “Sarah” is a character of fiction, somewhere there were many girls just like her who faced horrors beyond our possibility to imagine.  Many passages found me curled on my couch, reading avidly, with tears in my eyes.  Tatiana creates characters that are enduring and heartrending to follow.

Julia becomes so obsessed with finding out the truth behind not only this horrifying round up and the French people’s willingness to pretend it never happened, but the truth behind the secret her husband’s family has been carrying so long that she risks the loss of everything in the process but her self respect.  Wrapped up in her own emotional journey, will she lose her husband’s love?  Read it and find out…

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