Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key was a surprise hit when it was published in 2007. As word spread about this suspenseful novel, set in Vichy France, it became a popular book club selection and eventually sold 5 million copies. Not bad for a book that was rejected by more than 20 publishers because of its touchy subject matter: the 1942 Vélodrome d’Hiver roundup. On that day in July, more than 10,000 Jewish men, women and children were arrested by the French police and kept in the vélodrome (aka bicycle racing stadium) under horrific conditions before being deported. Think the Superdome after Katrina times 10. The book weaves the experience of a child involved in the roundup—Sarah—with that of a journalist in modern-day France who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Sarah and her family.
Now, the book has been made into a film starring Kristin Scott Thomas and child actress Mélusine Mayance as Sarah. “She is the same caliber as Jodie Foster was in Taxi Driver, the same as Dakota Fanning was in that movie with Tom Cruise, War of the Worlds. She’s that kind of incredible—you can’t even say ‘child actress’—she is an actress,” de Rosnay told The Wall Street Journal blog Speakeasy.
The trailer gives me chills—just like the book did. Will you see it?
p.s. Fans of de Rosnay will want to check out our review of the audiobook of Sarah’s Key and our reviews of A Secret Kept. Look for de Rosnay’s third novel to be published in English, The House I Loved, in 2012.