20 JanSarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay 3/52

I read this against my better judgment.

It seems everyone has read it and loved it, which made me feel like I was missing something great.  So I caved.

I knew it was going to be tough as it involves kids and the Holocaust.  I have actually picked it up before and started reading it until I got to a certain scenario and I couldn’t stand to go on.

This time around however, I gritted my teeth and hoped it would get easier.  It didn’t.  At least not until about two-thirds of the way through.

But let me tell you, I am glad I persevered.  If not for anything else than for the fact that I learned something about the Holocaust that I didn’t know before.

The story takes place mainly in Paris and follows two women. Eleven year old Sarah, was taken by the French police along with her father, mother, and other Jewish families during the Vélodrome d’Hiver roundup in 1942, leaving behind her small brother locked in a closet until she could come back for him.  Sixty years later, Julia, an American journalist living in Paris investigates the roundup and discovers, against the wishes of her French in-laws, that she is closely connected to Sarah.

Sarah’s Key is a work of fiction based on events that actually happened and I was surprised and horrified to learn that the French police were responsible for the roundup (at the Nazi’s request) of Jewish families, most of whom were exterminated at Aushwitz, as well as the fact that many of the French people seemed to look away (although I am sure a great many of them did what they could to help).

This book also deals with abortion.  See what I mean by a tough read?

Sarah’s Key wasn’t a comfy escape to another era.  It was difficult and sad, and brought up issues that I don’t like to read about, but this just may be the most worthwhile fiction I will read this year.

One Response to “Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay 3/52”

  1. Kyra says:

    You could not have said it any better!
    I loved this book, and after reading your review it makes me want to pick it up again!

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