From Library Staff
January 18, 2012
While researching a bleak moment in French WW2 history, an American journalist living in Paris finds herself obsessed with finding the truth about the fate of one Jewish child, Sarah. Interspersed with Sarah's story, the novel is haunting in many ways. Just when you think the stories of WW2 are p... Read More »
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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)
She did not bow her head in shame. She stood straight, her chin high. She wiped away the tears. (Sarah 58)
Not one day has gone by without me thinking of you. (Sarah 259)
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fearlessforever thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
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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.
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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.
On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid. 293p.
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