Literary Criticism and Significance

Tatiana de Rosnay is a French woman of Russian, English, and French descent. This is her first novel written in English. Published in 2007, Sarah’s Key received little attention, and upon its initial release sold only 2,000 copies. Interestingly, it gained more attention once it was featured in Target stores across the United States. Currently, the novel has sold more than 400,000 copies and will soon be made into a movie.

Reviews have been mainly positive, but not overly enthusiastic. There has been very little formal criticism. Most critics agree that the novel touches upon a very emotional perspective of the Holocaust, from the view of young Sarah. Daisy Maryles, from Publisher’s Weekly, states, “This book grabs your heart in the opening chapter, and its scenes and characters stay with you long after you finish.” Maryles also claimed Sarah’s Key as her Publisher's Weekly staff favorite for 2008. And fromLibrary Journal, Lisa Rohrbaugh also adds, “Masterly and compelling, it is not something that readers will quickly forget. Tatiana de Rosnay successfully portrays both the apathy and the horror that surrounded the Vel’ d’Hiv’ round up in 1942."