By Tatiana de Rosnay
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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.
Disappointingly predictable, flat characterizations. Interesting historical setting.
I love this book. Really good!!!
Sad, but a worth it!
I really enjoyed this book, but if you don't like books that make you cry, you probably shouldn't read it. Parts of the story will leave you heart broken. But if you are prepared, you will enjoy it. So grab some tissues, find a comfy spot, and read.
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- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Updated: Jun 12, 2007
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- St. Martin's Press
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