Book Club Kits
by de Rosnay, Tatiana
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1. What did you know about France's role in World War II --- and the Vél d'Hiv round-up in particular --- before reading Sarah's Key? How did this book teach you about, or change your impression of, this important chapter in French history?
2. How does the apartment on la rue de Saintonge unite the past and present action --- and all the characters --- in Sarah's Key? In what ways is the apartment a character all its own in?
3. de Rosnay's novel is built around several key secrets which Julia will unearth. Discuss the element of mystery in these pages. What types of narrative devices did the author use to keep the keep the reader guessing?
4. Were you surprised by what you learned about Sarah's history? Were you satisfied by the end of the book? Do you want to know --- or read --- more?
5. How do you imagine what happens after the end of the novel? What do you think Julia's life will be like now that she knows the truth about Sarah? What truths do you think she'll learn about herself?
6. What does it take for a novelist to bring a real historical event to life? To what extent do you think de Rosnay took artistic liberties with this work?
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