Here is the “jest”………………
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 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.
I raced thru this book in 3 days because I could not put this down, I had to know what happened next. This book is touching, heartbreaking and real. The book switches between 1942 and 2002….the story is woven together beautifully! I also loved how this book digs into the past and you relive this awful time and while I was reading I was heartbroken for the real people who had to endure this awful “round up”….we rarely hear about this happened in Paris. I really recommend this book I think it is one of those that everyone should read once.