Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay goes back and forth between two different time periods.
July 1942 in Paris: A young girl, Sarah, is arrested alongside her family in the Vel d'Hiv roundup. When they show up at her door, Sarah locks her younger brother in a closet, promising to return to get him.
May 2002 in Paris:
Julia, a journalist, is writing an article about the Vel d'Hiv
roundup. As she's doing her research, she finds out that her family
history is more connected with the roundup (and more specifically,
Sarah) than she previously thought. She continues to dig deeper into
Sarah's story, trying to find out what happened to this girl, her
brother, and her family.
I loved how this book went
back and forth each chapter between the different time periods - you
were reading two different stories that you knew were somehow
connected. You find out more and more information about what happened
to Sarah and her family and, as you're reading the novel, really want to
know what happened to her in the end. Where did she end up and what is
she doing? Is she still alive? What about her family?
being a huge history fan, I wasn't sure at first of how I would like
the book, but I did enjoy it. Recently, I also went to see the movie.
It reminded me a lot of the book and the stories that were told in it.
I did find that it was a little harder to handle than the novel was.
It makes it all that much tougher when you visually and graphically see
some of the conditions that these people were forced to live in. It was
a good movie that represented the book accurately and definitely shed
some light on a not-so-happy part of history.
I would definitely read another novel by Tatiana de Rosnay and would recommend Sarah's Key.