Sarah’s Key

Friday, December 2, 2011
Tatiana de Rosnay
Sarah's Key

Historical Fiction at its best, this story is gripping, tragic and completely unforgettable. The horrors that millions of people faced during World War II have been told through numerous stories allowing the voice of so many that were lost to still be heard. The story of Sarah Starzynski is told in conjunction with the life of Julia Jarmond, a reporter that lives 60years after Sarah’s story. Beginning on a hot summer night in Paris, 1942, Parisian police officers come to the Starzynki’s apartment and tell the family they are to leave immediately. 10-year-old Sarah believes that they will return in just a short period of time, so she locks her brother in a cupboard, their secret hiding place to keep him safe. She takes with her the only key that can set him free. As Julie researches the Paris roundup of 1942 she uncovers the life and struggles of Sarah. As a result, Julia is forever changed by the ties that her life has with Sarah Starzynski.

Emily D., Circulation

This is a truly poignant story. It tells the story of  a journalist researching and writing about the events surrounding July 16, 1942 at the Velodrome d'Hiver in Paris.  Over 13,000 Jewish men, women, and children were taken there and then transported onto other camps. The journalist's story is the present-how do we remember atrocities, how do we atone, how do we honor the memory of those we've wronged individually and as a society. The more moving story is that of a little girl, Sarah. One out of thousands. Sarah, while fictional, gives shape and voice for the thousands whose voices were silenced whose stories may never be heard. Sarah's Key will stay with you.

Cindy A., Circulation

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