SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana De Rosnay

SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana De Rosnay, 2007. This is a haunting novel of a small Jewish family in Paris, France. It starts out in July 1942 when 10 year old Sarah is brutally arrested with her family in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup. But Sarah has locked her 4 year old brother in their favorite hiding place and kept the key, thinking she will return soon. That is a very sad beginning.

This is also the story of Julia Jarmond an American journalist working in Paris, who is assigned to report on Vel’ d’Hiv’s sixtieth anniversary. While she’s investigating she stumbles upon a trail of family secrets that connects her to Sarah.

I don’t know why am attracted to Holocaust stories, perhaps I was Jewish in a past life and lived through the horrible times. This is the first novel I’ve read, that’s not based on a personal Holocaust story, although I’m sure some of it’s based on facts, the character’s are not real.

So far each short chapter goes from Sarah’s past life, then to Julia’s present life. So you get the stories pieced together slowly as they meld together. . Maybe that makes the horror of it less hard to take?

NOTE: I loved this book. I highly recommend it!