Title: Sarah's Key
Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Published: St. Martin's Press, 2006
We get a split universe of sorts in Sarah's Key. One world is that of Sarah, and young girl in 1940s Paris. When police officers come to round up her and her Jewish family, she locks her little brother in a cupboard for safe keeping until they return. Her last words to him are a promise that she'll come back for them. Unfortunately, to her unknowing, she and her parents are to be taken to a concentration camp. We follow her amazing and heartbreaking story through the concentration camp as her only wish is to get back to her brother.
On the other hand, we also meet Julia, a journalist in modern day Paris. She does some research on Paris' involvement in WWII and digs up information on Sarah's story and family. Feeling deeply connected to her, Julia tries to track down Sarah's fate and see if she's still alive. Normally I don't like when there are two characters with completely different storylines in a book; usually it seems that one doesn't belong. However, I really enjoyed Julia's story and her own family problems. It's a book I would've read on its own.
I really can't stop raving about Sarah's Key. I've recommended it to everyone I know, even those who aren't readers. It's an amazing story that may not always have happy endings and will leave you feeling sick to your stomach at times, but will still inspire you the same. 5+ stars!
Has anybody seen the movie? I've heard it's a good adaptation, but always feel wary about these situations.