Friday, February 25, 2011

Sarah's Key


One of my coworkers recently lent me Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay. She recommended it after we were chatting about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

The The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Sarah's Key are both about children during the Holocaust. Sarah's Key has a different depth as it tells the story of two females, Sarah as a 10 year old child living in France when the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup occurs. Julia is an American Journalist (married to a Frenchman) writing an article about the 60th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup. Their stories slowly intertwine as Julie unveils her husband's family secret past.

This story is completely captivating and well written. The book alternates between Sarah and Julia's voice giving the reader some variety and suspense. The chapters are short which was great for metro reading.

If you are looking for a Holocaust read that takes place in France, I completely recommend this book.

Do you read books about the Holocaust? Which was your favorite and why?