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Tatiana de Rosnay was born in the suburbs of Paris. She is of English, French and Russian descent and was raised in Paris and Boston. She has worked as Paris Editor for Vanity Fair", and currently writes for French ELLE" and Psychologies" Magazine".Since 1992, Tatiana has published eight novels in French. Sarah's Key" is her first novel written in her mother tongue, English, and it has already been translated into 20 languages. She is married with two children and lives in Paris.Readers can contact Tatiana de Rosnay by email at tatianacom@hotmail.com Her blog appears at http://figtreefranglais.blogspot.com/ and the 'Sarah's Key Blog' is at: http://ellesappelaitsarah.over-blog.com/

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In the summer of 1942, the French police arrested thousands of Jewish families and held them outside of Paris before shipping them off to Auschwitz. On the 60th anniversary of the roundups, an expatriate American journalist covering the atrocities discovers a personal connection--her apartment was formerly occupied by one such family. She resolves to find out what happened to Sarah, the 10-year-old daughter, who was the only family member to survive. The story is heart-wrenching, and Polly Stone gives an excellent performance, keeping a low-key tone through descriptions of horror that would elicit excessive dramatics from a less talented performer. Her characters are easy to differentiate, and her French accent is convincing. De Rosnay's novel is captivating, and the powerful narration gives it even greater impact. A St. Martin's hardcover. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

'Sarah's trials are so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, the book is hard to put down.' (Starred review) -- Publishers' Weekly 'Masterly and compelling, it is not something that readers will quickly forget. Highly recommended.' -- Library Journal 'Sarah's trials are so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, the book is hard to put down.' (Starred review) -- Publishers' Weekly 'A gripping story of loss, family secrets and silence' -- Warwickshire Telegraph

Pivotal to this novel is the key in ten-year-old Sarah's pocket. It opens the cupboard in which she has hidden her younger brother from the French police, who are rounding up Jews in Paris. It is July 16, 1942, and Sarah, along with her parents and hundreds more people, are brought to the stadium Velodrome d'Hiver, where they spend several days without food or water before being sent to French camps en route to Auschwitz. Arriving at the camp Beaune-la-Rolande, Sarah is separated from her parents and manages to escape. Nearby farmers not only protect but eventually adopt her. In alternating chapters, we read of American-born journalist Julia Jarmond, who's working on a magazine story about the "Vel'd'Hiv" roundup on its 60th anniversary. Because the grandparents of Julia's husband moved into the apartment once owned by Sarah's family, we learn what Sarah discovers when she finally returns ten years later with the key-knowledge so traumatic that it changes Julia's life forever. This debut by French-born de Rosnay has been translated into 15 languages and will surely be an international best seller. Masterly and compelling, it is not something that readers will quickly forget. Highly recommended.-Lisa Rohrbaugh, East Palestine Memorial P.L., OH Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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