Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Family Secret

Title: Sarah's Key
 Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Genre: Historical
Sub-genre: Historical Fiction
Pages:  294
Published: 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9780312370848
Reader's Annotation: A family's secret could change Julia's life forever
Summary: In researching for an upcoming article, Julia Jarmond is looking into the Vel' d'Hiv round-up that happened in Paris in July of 1942. Her story of her research and discovery of a family secret intertwines with that of Sarah, a 10 year old Jewish girl in the summer of 1942
My Evaluation: (SPOILERS AHEAD) I adore this book so much. This is now the second time I've read it and it still makes me cry! I'm very attached this book because of my background in genocidal studies/history and the fact that it intrigues me that de Rosnay draws you in with both stories. The first time I read it, I kind of hated the switching back and forth of the chapters but the second time it didn't phase me. I know why de Rosnay did it and it works so well for this book.  The optimist in me, kind of wishes (still after the second reading) that Julia would have found Sarah alive in the end, but I get why de Rosnay played it out the way she did.
Rating: 5 out of  5
Read-a-likes: Here are a couple read-a-likes for this book that I adored:
The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff
 Push Not the River by James Conroyd Martin
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian