Sarah's Key

Tatiana De Rosnay

Reading Group Gold

Paris, July 1942
Sixty Years Later

Reviews

"It will make you cry-and remember." -Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author
"Rich in mystery, intrigue, and suspense, Sarah's Key made me wonder and weep." -The Roanoke Times

"A shocking, profoundly moving, and morally challenging story...nothing short of miraculous. It will haunt you, it will help to complete you..." -Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author

"As I was reading Sarah's Key, I could feel a strong and emotional attachment to all of the characters portrayed in this book. Everything that was going on felt so real, like it was actually happening around me. It is a suspenseful novel, but a tear-jerker as well. The memories of what happened to these people will haunt you. It'll make you wonder what exactly runs through people's minds. The characters in this novel are entirely fictitious, but several of the events described are not, especially those that occured in Occupied France during summer of 1942, and the great Velodrome d'Hiver roundup, which took place on July 16th, 1942." Anna Branson


Sarah's Key

Tatiana De Rosnay

Reading Group Gold

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Conflict

An American journalist in Paris embarks on a story about the Holocaust and discovers connections between the past, her present marriage, and her unborn child. Julia, who grew up in the United States, has been living in Paris for 25 years. Both her husband and her daughter are French. Everywhere Julia turns, she is faced with conflict. May 2002: Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about the 60th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv, which was a round-up of all the Jewish families in Occupied France. You may think it was the Nazi's that took these people away, but it was actually their own kind, - the French police. Through her contemporary investigation, Julia stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. July 1942: Sarah is a young girl when her family gets round-up by the French police. There were four people living in their apartment: father, mother, Michael, and Sarah. Michael was the youngest and adored Sarah. When the police arrived one morning, Sarah decided she'd lock Michael into this secret cupboard that was in their apartment; hence "Sarah's Key". She knew that she'd come back for him later that day. But that wasn't the case. All the Jewish-French families were taken to this ginormous coliseum like building. The ones that survived in this place would be eventually taken to concentration camps. Sarah was lucky. Read the book to find out how the story ends!

Main Character[s]

Julia Jarmond: An American living in Paris, France. She's a journalist for a local paper. When she's asked to gather information about the Velodrome d'Hiver, she is suddenly intrigued to know what happened to the Jewish families and becomes attached to figuring out who Sara was.


Sarah: A ten year-old girl who is forced to go with the French police and her parents to the Vel' d'Hiv. Before she leaves, she locks her little brother, Michael, in a secret cupboard. She loves her little brother and knows he'll be safe here. She promises to come back to him later that day. That didn't happen. Sarah and her family, as well as many more Jewish families were kept at this place. Soon enough they'd all be sent to Auschwitz. Sarah makes it out alive and grows up. She soon ventures out to NYC to live the rest of her life.

Bio of the Author

Tatiana de Rosnay was born on September 28th, 1961 in the suburbs of Paris. She is of English, Russian, and French descent. Her father is a French scientist, her grandfather was a painter, and her paternal great-grandmother was a Russian actress. Tatiana's mother is English. She was raised in Paris and then in Boston, when her father taught at MIT in the 70s. Tatiana is married and has two children, Louis and Charlotte. She currently lives in Paris with her family.
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Bio of the Reviewer

I, Anna Branson, am the one who read the novel Sarah's Key. I am 16 years old and I attend Central Davidson High School as a sophomore. I live with my family in Lexington, NC. I have two brothers; Alex and Aiden. History is my favorite subject.

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