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.
Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris with her French husband Bertrand, is assigned to write about the roundup and transportation of Jews from Paris to Auschwitz in 1942. During her research she discovers that her and Bertrand's home was purchased by his parents after the Jewish family that lived there was deported to the death camps. Julia becomes increasingly obsessed and disturbed by the story of the family, particularly that of Sarah Starzynski, the 10-year old girl who would become the only survivor of the ****** occupation. Both Julia's and Sarah's stories are harrowing and fascinating. Tatiana de Rosnay's 10th novel has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Literary, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Jewish, Holocaust, Family + Friendship, Conflicts + Dualities, Human Qualities + Behavior, Work + the Workplace, Types of Characters, War + Military, Peoples + Cultures
- June 12, 2007
- June 12, 2007
- Tatiana de Rosnay