In her book, Tatiana de Rosnay fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the VÃ©lodrome d’Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz.
“Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand TÃ©zac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the VÃ©l’ d’Hiv’ roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand’s family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discoversâ€”especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to surviveâ€”the more she uncovers about Bertrand’s family, about France and, finally, herself.” (www.amazon.com)
Copies are available for checkoutÂ through the Coffey County Library.