July, 2010: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

(Book #3) In July we read the best-seller, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  We appreciated the historical aspects of the novel, the picture it paints of the occupation, the information about the roundup and The Vel’ d’Hiv. I think that perhaps because of the title the author chose, some of us felt that the story is over once the brother is found. Yes, Sarah’s time in the camp is of interest but it feels like part of a different story.  And the second story-line with modern-day Julia isn’t particularly compelling — it seems so tiny in the historical context.

 The story my husband likes to tell (everyone he meets) of this book club gathering was how he was asked to join us in a glass of wine from the second bottle of wine I’d opened that evening of the six we’d purchased in France.