The Orphan's Tale: A Novel

The Orphan's Tale: A Novel

by Pam Jenoff

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Look out for Pam’s new book, The Lost Girls of Paris, a story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

A New York Times bestseller!

“Readers who enjoyed Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants will embrace this novel. “ —Library Journal

“Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion…. I read this novel in a headlong rush.” —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460396421
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 3,555
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Pam Jenoff is the author of several books of historical fiction, including the NYT bestseller The Orphan's Tale. She holds a degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her JD from UPenn. Her novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her husband and 3 children near Philadelphia, where she teaches law.

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The Orphan's Tale 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extraordinarily well developed charactors you cannot help but love... This story made me feel I was on the front line, in the winter woods, or under the Big Top, as the descriptions created images so real I could hear and smell and taste it. As I read the pages, I tried to formulate plans in my mind in an effort to try and save Astrid, Theo, and Noa from the horrors of war. Their amazing strength ultimately took my breath away! I want to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first page I was captivated by this novel. Funny, sad, tragic, hopeful . . . the story of two circus performers trying to survive Nazi persecution runs the gamut of emotions. Well written with strong and multidimensional protagonists. I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's only one thing I can say in this review. READ THIS BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first read of Pam Jenoff. She weaves the stories with hitorical facts drawing the reader directly into the lives of the characters. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always learn interesting hisorical facts when reading Pam Jenoff's books. This was a great story about people finding refuge and friendship within the circus during world war II. Loved the characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet:::: outstanding, buy it, read it love it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written novel about the unsung heroes of WWII. A child rescued from a boxcar by a young girl who has been forced from her home. Together they find refuge in a circus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written and so easy to read. I couldn't put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was a wonderful heart wrenching and he .art warming at same time. It also made easy me reflect on those horrendous times in history and the horrendous atrocities committed and to know how trully blessed I am. Thank you.
ThoughtsFromaPage More than 1 year ago
I love books about World War 2, and The Orphan’s Tale is no exception. Jenoff focuses on the circus, loosely basing her novel on a German circus that sheltered Jews during the war. When I am reading a story such as this where brave individuals participate in the resistance, I am always awed by their courage and their ability to know what is right and stand up for that belief. Jenoff masterfully conveys the terror the German officers instilled in everyone around them and highlights the tactics they successfully used to ferret out traitors. I could feel the fear myself as I read her descriptions of the German army as they continually showed up unannounced at all hours of the day and night and even during circus performances, at times ripping parents from their children and separating spouses. When confronted with those situations as I read, I always find it completely horrifying that so many people did not speak up and instead contributed to the atrocities. It is truly hard to fathom. I also enjoyed learning so much more about the circus in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. I recommend reading The Orphan’s Tale if you like historical fiction. The story centered around events I was unaware of, and I always love learning new facts about World War 2. Thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Having read Pam Jenoff's Lost Girls of Paris and not being impressed , I started this book rather reluctantly . I was pleasantly surprised at the originality of this heartbreaking story .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad Pan Jenoff writes about this period in our history so that it won’t be forgotten. Her stores, while fiction, are based on actual events from World War II that she has uncovered in her research. She brings the agony of the suffering war brings to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, I kept wanting to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book!!! Great read and buy it now! One of the best books I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Magnificent! Gripping from the get go. Could not read fast enough, to see what was going to happen next. I loved every minute of this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most touching stories I have read in a long time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what a great book anyone who likes to read books from the WW 2 era would love this book it held my interest from the first to the last page. My heart goes out to all those who suffered during this horrible part of history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet, ordinary, passionate. Story of losing, so painful. Dream fulfillment. Loss
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! I highly recommend the Orphan's Take Sad yet shows the resilience of the human spirit and the horrors they face yet survive the atrocities of war.
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Martha A Drummond-Dale 8 days ago
So many layers of intrigue. This book will hold the reader captivated till the end!
JennieR 16 days ago
I rarely read or review traditionally published books. I got tired of the consistently average stories coming from the big publishers. However, this book was recommended by family and their constant asking about it finally made me open it. It is a very good story and I liked the weaving of chapters from the perspectives of the two main characters. I had no problem finishing it in just 2 days. Orphan's Tale is a great choice for any book club; first, because they spoon feed you questions in the back but second and more importantly because the personalities and situations of the characters give a lot of discussion fodder. Your group could spend an entire evening discussing the choices given to women of this era as well as their adaptive solutions. Or, what is an orphan and how is everyone involved in the story considered an orphan?
NSY 3 months ago
I have been wanting to read The Orphan's Tale ever since I first saw the book sitting on the shelf of my local bookstore. Turns out the story was as painstakingly beautiful as I imagined. Noa was a written so vividly that I felt like I was standing with her in the cold as she snatched a baby from the frozen boxcar. The pain in Astrid as her husband presented the divorce papers to her painted a picture of a defeated couple in love so delicately that I feared reading Astrid would break into a thousand pieces. While both Noa and Astrid were different in everything from their ages to their heritage yet the girls felt like close sisters and both learned how to become wise beyond their years. I loved the writing and it was refreshing to read an author who can switch between two points of view perfectly. Never once did I struggle with what was going on or trying to figure out why things suddenly changed. The writing fit the story perfectly and while it had touches of historical moments everything flowed together well into a glorious tale of hardship, heartbreak, love, and loss. I would happily read another story by Pam Jenoff in an instant.
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