Saturday, April 20, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2013 - R

For this year’s A-Z Challenge, I have chosen to
highlight some authors and their books, that
we, in our book club, have read, as a group,

separately  or have been recommended by someone
in our facebook, Book Club, called, ‘What to Read Next?’
So, R is for de Rosnay, Tatiana - Sarah's Key

From Amazon:
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. 
Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

We did read this heart wrenching novel in our book club. The struggles of the family in 1942 and Julia's own struggle, in 2002, to come to terms with her own situation made for a very compelling read and discussion in our group.

If you'd like to check out or join our facebook, book club, please, select the link,  What to Read Next?

Also considered:
Rich, Robert - The Midwife of Venice


  1. This will go on my list, it sounds like something I would enjoy. I would recommend you:

    1. I'm sure you would, but it's sad, too, just to be warned.
      Thanks for stopping by and again, welcome to the on-line book club.

  2. This is one novel that has to be every serious readers' "must read" list. Thoroughly enjoyed it and was forced to step into the shoes of others and feel what they feel now, and what they must have felt, then.

    Excellent choice!

    Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

    1. It certainly was hear wrenching at times. Thanks for your kind comments.

  3. I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I thought it was brilliant and couldn't put it down, but, I hated that a book like this had to be written!
    Monica at Older Mommy Still Yummy

    1. I know what you mean, but knowing history will hopefully keep it from being repeated. Thanks for stopping by.


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