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Pam Jenoff - Author

About the Author

Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master's in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.

Following her work at the Pentagon, Jenoff moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Jenoff developed close relations with the surviving Jewish community.

Jenoff remains involved in Polish-Jewish issues by writing articles and participating in a number of organizations. She has been honoured by the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, served on the board of directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey, been appointed as a fellow to the Salzburg Seminar (Social and Economic Dimensions of Human Rights), advised the Auschwitz Jewish Centre and is a member of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America.

Having left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenoff is now employed as an attorney in Philadelphia, where she also does pro bono and civic work focusing on at-risk youth, hunger relief and homelessness. The Kommandant's Girl is her first novel.

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Featured books by Pam Jenoff

The Winter Guest

The Winter Guest

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2014

How much is one girl prepared to lose in order to save a man's life? Helena and Ruth are sisters desperately trying to survive the war in a bitter remote region of Poland. Every day is a challenge to find food, to avoid the enemy, to stay alive. Then Helena finds a Jewish American soldier, wounded and in need of shelter. If she helps him she risks losing everything, including her sister's love. But if she stands aside, could she ever forgive herself?

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Other books by Pam Jenoff

The Lost Girls Of Paris

The Lost Girls Of Paris

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

`A gripping tale' MY WEEKLY `Thrilling' WOMAN `A truly gripping read of mystery, love and heroism' FROST MAGAZINE The Lost Girls of Paris is an emotional story of friendship and betrayal during the second world war, inspired by true events - from the international bestseller Pam Jenoff. 1940s With the world at war, Eleanor Trigg leads a mysterious ring of female secret agents in London. Twelve of these women are sent to aid the resistance. They never return home. 1946 Passing through Grand Central Station, New York, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. The case is filled with a dozen photographs, each of a different woman. Setting out to find the women behind the pictures, Grace is drawn into the mystery of the lost girls of Paris. And as she delves deeper into the secrets of the past, she uncovers a story of fierce friendship, unthinkable bravery - and, ultimately, the worst kind of betrayal. Praise for The Lost Girls of Paris: `Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris is a fascinating tale of the hidden women who helped to win the war.' Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours `A smart, suspenseful, and morally complicated spy novel for our time. Eleanor Trigg and her girls are every bit as human as they are brave. I couldn't put this down.' Jessica Shattuck, New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle `Pam Jenoff's meticulous research and gorgeous historical world-building lift her books to must-buy status. An intriguing mystery and a captivating heroine make The Lost Girls of Paris a read to savor!' Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network Praise for Pam Jenoff: `Wonderfully compelling... The story grips from the very first page, and the atmosphere of the circus is entrancing - you feel all the terror and thrill of the flying trapeze.' Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife `Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion...I read this novel in a headlong rush.' Christina Barker Kline, #1 bestselling author of Orphan Train `A thrilling, yet heart-breaking story of life and love, heroism and sacrifice in wartime Europe' My Weekly `This is a book not to be missed' Melanie Benjamin, bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator's Wife `Jenoff has written a tribute to the human spirit that soars in the midst of epic despair...' NPR `Jenoff's prose is evocative and compelling' The Globe and Mail `An emotional tale of survival and courage during a difficult time in Europe.' Suzy Approved Book Reviews `Jenoff keeps readers on their toes with the numerous twists and turns... as well as the emotional peaks and valleys that had me reaching for tissues more than once.' Romance Dish `THE ORPHAN'S TALE takes us on a heartbreaking, hopeful, touching and emotional journey; one that is not to be missed.' Jennifer Blankfein

La amante del oficial

La amante del oficial

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2017

Emma Bau solo llevaba casada tres semanas cuando los tanques nazis entraron en su Polonia natal.Unos dias despues, su marido se vio obligado a desaparecer, y ella acabo prisionera en el gueto judio de Cracovia, hasta que la resistencia la saco de alli. Entonces, Emma adopto una falsa identidad y renuncio a su religion.La precaria situacion de Emma no hizo mas que empeorar cuando conocio al comandante Richwalder, un alto oficial nazi que la contrato como ayudante. La resistencia comenzo a presionarla para que utilizara su privilegiada posicion para recabar informacion sobre la ocupacion nazi y Emma se vio obligada a poner en peligro su vida y sus votos matrimoniales, para ayudar a la causa.Al mismo tiempo que se intensificaban las atrocidades de la guerra, lo hacia tambien la relacion de Emma y el comandante hasta llegar a un punto en el que no solo pondria en peligro su vida sino tambien la de aquellos a los que mas queria.

El vagon de los huerfanos

El vagon de los huerfanos

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2017

Una poderosa novela sobre la amistad ambientada en un circo ambulante durante la Segunda Guerra mundial. El vagon de los huerfanos nos presenta a dos mujeres extraordinarias y sus desgarradoras historias de sacrificio y supervivencia.Noa, de dieciseis anos, es rechazada cuando se queda embarazada de un soldado nazi y se ve obligada a renunciar a su bebe. Vive encima de una pequena estacion de tren, que limpia para ganarse la manutencion... Cuando descubre un vagon con docenas de ninos judios que se dirige a un campo de concentracion, recuerda al bebe que le arrebataron. Y, en un momento que cambiara el curso de su vida, roba uno de los bebes y huye en mitad de la noche.Noa encuentra refugio en un circo aleman, pero debe aprender a realizar acrobacias para pasar desapercibida, y despierta asi la animadversion de Astrid, la acrobata principal. Noa y Astrid son rivales al principio, aunque pronto forjan un vinculo muy poderoso. Pero, a medida que la fachada que las protege comienza a debilitarse, Noa y Astrid deben decidir si su amistad es suficiente para salvarse la una a la otra... o si los secretos que hay entre ellas lo destruiran todo. Secretos, mentiras, traiciones y pasinLe esta novela de un tirn.Christina Baker Kline, autora best seller #1 del New York Times.

Kommandant's Girl

Kommandant's Girl

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING TITLE THE ORPHAN'S TALE OUT NOW Based in part on actual events, Kommandant's Girl is a compelling tale of love and courage in a dangerous and desperate times. Unique in voice and evocative in historical detail, this stunning debut faithfully explores the gray area between right and wrong and the timeless themes of home, stuggle and defiance in the face of overwhelming odds. Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days Emma's husband, Jacob, is forced to disappear underground, leaving her imprisoned within the city's decrepit, moldering Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out. Taken to Krakow to live with Jacob's Catholic cousin, Krysia, Emma takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile. Emma's already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who hires her to work as his assistant. Urged by the resistance to use her position to access details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must compromise her safety-and her marriage vows-in order to help Jacob's cause. As the atrocities of war intensify, so does Emma's relationship with the Kommandant, building to a climax that will risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves. Praise for Pam Jenoff: `[A] heartbreakingly romantic story of forbidden love during WW2' - Heat `Must read' - Daily Express

The Winter Guest

The Winter Guest

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2014

How much is one girl prepared to lose in order to save a man's life? Helena and Ruth are sisters desperately trying to survive the war in a bitter remote region of Poland. Every day is a challenge to find food, to avoid the enemy, to stay alive. Then Helena finds a Jewish American soldier, wounded and in need of shelter. If she helps him she risks losing everything, including her sister's love. But if she stands aside, could she ever forgive herself?

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Other Girl

Other Girl

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING TITLE THE ORPHAN'S TALE OUT NOWOne woman's determination to protect a child from the dangers of war will force her to face those lurking closer to home...Life in rural Poland during WWII brings a new set of challenges to Maria, estranged from her own family and left alone with her in-laws after her husband is sent to the front. For a young, newly pregnant wife, the days are especially cold, the nights unexpectedly lonely. The discovery of a girl hiding in the barn changes everything... Hannah is fleeing the German police who are taking Jews like her to special camps. Ignoring the risk to her own life and that of her unborn child, Maria is compelled to help. But in these dark days, no one can be trusted, and soon Maria finds her courage tested in ways she never expected and herself facing truths about her own family that the quiet village has kept buried for years.From the international bestselling author of The Kommandant's Girl comes a searing historical companion novella to The Winter GuestPraise for Pam Jenoff:'[A] heartbreakingly romantic story of forbidden love during WW2' - Heat'Must read' - Daily Express

The Ambassador's Daughter

The Ambassador's Daughter

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2013

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING TITLE THE ORPHAN'S TALE OUT NOW Paris, 1919 The nations' leaders have gathered to rebuild the world from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbours dark secrets and dangerous liaisons. Brought to the peace conference by her German diplomat father, Margot resents being trapped in Paris where she is still looked upon as the enemy. Yet returning to Berlin means a life with the wounded fiance she barely knows. Torn between duty and the desire to be free, Margot strikes up unlikely alliances: with Krysia, a musician who protects a secret; and with Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who makes Margot question where her true loyalties should lie. Against the backdrop of one of the most significant events of the century, a delicate web of lies obscures the line between the casualties of war and of the heart, making trust a luxury that no one can afford. The stunning prequel to the bestselling novel Kommandant's Girl, heralded a `breathtaking debut' by Publishers Weekly Praise for Pam Jenoff: `[A] heartbreakingly romantic story of forbidden love during WW2' - Heat `Must read' - Daily Express

The Things We Cherished

The Things We Cherished

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2011

Roger Dykmans, a university student, is living with his brother Hans, an international emissary who's secretly working against the Nazis. As time goes by, Roger finds himself increasingly drawn to Magda, Hans' Jewish wife. But their secret world is turned upside down when Magda and her young daughter, Anna, are arrested by the Nazis. The Gestapo make a deal with Roger: if he hands over information about Hans' operations, they'll set Magda and Anna free. Suddenly, Roger is faced with an impossible decision: should he betray his brother to save the woman they both love? Spanning decades and continents, The Things We Cherished explores the strength of true love under the worst of circumstances.

A Hidden Affair

A Hidden Affair

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2011

Ten years ago, intelligence officer Jordan Weiss's life was turned upside down when her college boyfriend Jared drowned. But in a shocking discovery, Jordan realises that she has been lied to and betrayed by those closest to her. Reeling from the knowledge that Jared faked his own death, she sets out from London to find him. At Jared's last known address in the opulent French Riviera city of Monaco, she meets Nicole, a mysterious blonde who refuses to disclose what she knows about Jared. She also encounters Aaron, a seductive Israeli private investigator, who is chasing Nicole for cryptic reasons of his own. What lies ahead is a perilous chase across Europe as Jordan searches for answers about the only man she has ever loved. Will the truth be too devastating to handle?

The Officer's Lover

The Officer's Lover

Author: Pam Jenoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

Ten years ago Jordan Weiss suffered the devastating death of her boyfriend Jared, a gifted rower at Cambridge. Since then work as an intelligence officer has taken her to the world's hot spots where she has faced terrible dangers. However, it's the thought of returning to England that haunts her most. But when Jordan learns that her best friend, Sarah, is terminally ill, she transfers to the State Department's London office to be close to her. In London, she and rakish agent Sebastian Hodges are assigned to an investigation into mafia activities that quickly throws Jordan into a whirlwind drama of lies, cover-ups and corruption. Who can she trust? As she desperately tries to pull the pieces together, secrets start to emerge that are strangely connected to her past and will ultimately shape the course of her future . . .