Sarah’s Key

Every now and again I read a book that makes me wish I had written it or could write one like it. Sarah’s Key is one such book. It’s composed of layers of stories that present the unforeseen effects of uncovering the past. There is the Holocaust story that is central, the deportation of Jews from Paris in July 1942. As is the case of most Holocaust stories, this is a compelling account of incomprehensible horrors and inhumanity, but the book concentrates on the survivor and a modern journalist who unravels Sarah’s secret sixty years later. So it is a story of discovery and also the toll that discovery takes on the discoverer.  It’s a story that stays with you.