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Subject: Sarah's Key
Date Posted: 12/11/2009 7:26 AM ET
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OMG!  What an amazing book.  I started this last night after dinner - 3.5 hours later, I was done.  It sucked me in like no book has in a long time -- one big reading session.  Just posted it and it was on a wish list of someone.  Now I'm off to read about the actual events - which could be quite depressing.

Subject: That sounds really interesting.
Date Posted: 12/11/2009 8:00 AM ET
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I am always up for a book that sucks you in like that! 

Date Posted: 12/11/2009 10:27 AM ET
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Here's a link http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780312370848-Sarahs+Key.

HI Marci,  It's certainly sought after! 205 wishers,  What drew you to it?  What kept you there?

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 4:32 PM ET
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Good to know about Sarah's Key.  I actually have it on order.

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 4:43 PM ET
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I just got this one from Walmart a few weeks ago.  Can't wait to read it :)

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 4:51 PM ET
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I read this one a couple months ago.  While I did enjoy it, as I read a lot of Holocaust fiction I felt it wasn't as good as other things I've read.  But it was a historical event I hadn't heard anything about, so it was interesting to read about it.

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 5:10 PM ET
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I really enjoyed the first part of this, but I felt it got a bit too chick-lit at the end. I wanted to know more about Sarah and what happened to her.

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 7:03 PM ET
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I agree - the first 2/3 of the book were excellent, but the last 1/3 kind of meh.  But overall, a good read.  Loved learning about an event I knew nothing about. 

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 7:04 PM ET
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Erika - did you read Fires in the Dark about the Roma/gypsy experience in Czechslovakia during WWII?  One of my fav reads - and a part of the Holocaust that isn't really written about.

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 7:57 PM ET
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Hi Marci!!! Long time-no see! I'm glad you've made your way back to us. ;-)

I read "Sarah's Key" a few months ago and it really shook me up. The idea of that cabinet was in the back of my mind throughout the first half of the book and it made me so anxious. I really enjoyed this one, but I didn't love the end. Still totally worth reading though.

Now, "Fires in the Dark" was excellent! I actually got a copy after you recommended it here ages ago.

For those of you that don't know Marci, she's my H/F guru! I read H/F when I was younger, stopped for a long while, then jumped back into it hard and heavy again after meeting Marci here at PBS. She gave me a huge list of H/F authors and I found some new ones, plus remembered old favorites, and I've been reading like crazy since then.

Check out our 2010 reading challenge, Marci!

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 9:03 PM ET
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Haven't heard of that book, Marci. I'll check it out. Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 11:53 PM ET
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I enjoyed it, but did not LOVE it.  I did like that it taught me something I did not know about history.

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 12:33 AM ET
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I loved Fires in the Dark as well - I've not read Sarah's Key.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 2:46 PM ET
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I read Sarah's Key earlier this year for my in person CLT area PBS book group--we all liked it but generally agreed with the comments that it's power trailed off near the end, with some unresolved threads. I thought it was good, and a really original idea for an HF novel.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 2:52 PM ET
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There I go, adding more books to my WL.  Added Fires in the Dark, sounds really interesting.  Never heard a Holocaust fiction from the view of Gypsies before.