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'sMore »
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 toSarah. 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 toquestion 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.« Less
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A Jewish girl in Paris hides her little brother in the closet and locks it when the Gestapo comes for them, promising that she will come back for him...she escapes from the concentration camp and returns, but he has died. There is a subplot about the family who got the apartment afterwards and their descendants. and one of the wives, who is a journalist and searches the story of the little girl, and finds out the first story.
Haunting story of children caught in the holicaust that was carried out in Paris by the French themselves, the denial by the next generation and the discovery of the story of one doomed family by an American expat married into a French family. Her pursuit of the story which took place in her husband's family home tears the family and her marriage apart.
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Coarse Language: Very mild occasional course language
Other: This is definitely a very mature novel. I would not recommend it for those under at least 12 years of age. It addresses some very poignant topics.(Family Separation, Death, Suicide, War (the Holocaust), Abortion, Relationships ect) It is an amazing book, it will change the way that you see things and give you a lot of perspective on what the Holocaust was really like.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: The 1942 parts.
Violence: The 1942 parts are very violent.
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“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” -George Washington
I realized I could not longer bear this alone. I felt isolated, broken. (William (288)
I don't want to know. (William 239)
My world felt hollow, empty. (Julia 242)
She did not bow her head in shame. She stood straight, her chin high. She wiped away the tears. (Sarah 58)
Nothing would ever be the same again. (57)
No respect for the past. (266)
Sometimes it's better not to know. (127)
The truth is harder than ignorance.(124)
Not one day has gone by without me thinking of you. (Sarah 259)
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