In honor of World Book Day (today!), I thought it would be fitting to share one of my favorite takes-place-in-another-country novels: “Sarah’s Key.” Former Book Buzz contributor Beth Vrabel wrote a review of the book in 2010. In it, she explains how she thought she’d read a few chapters and head to bed, but was far too caught up in the story to put it down.
My experience was just about the same. The novel tells of a Jewish girl living in 1942 France, who is removed, with her parents, from her home as part of the roundup of Jewish families. She locks her younger brother in a cupboard and tells him to stay quiet, and that she will return for him.
Obviously, once you read the first few pages, the emotion of the story pulls you in. I, too, started reading later at night, around 10. And although I was traveling and knew I’d have to wake up early the next morning, I stayed up until 2 or 3 a.m. to finish the book. It’s that compelling.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have a favorite book that’s set somewhere other than the United States? Leave us a comment and let us know!