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The Winter Guest

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Twins, rural Poland – 1940 is the thrust of this story which starts and finishes in 2013 as a Rabbi calls New York-based Helen back to Poland to see some bones. Back in the 1940s 18-year old girls are left to raise their three siblings. One becomes the breadwinner, the other the parent. It’s a tale of first love, betrayal and the fear, poverty and hardship of the period. The Germans are rounding up the Jews, the Russians invade – some get out, some do not. We follow the sad plight of a group of Jews, of a shot-down pilot and of the local resistance. Fortuitous connections save some in a ‘love conquers all’ style tale.

If you like Pam Jenoff you might also like to read books by Rita Bradshaw, Margaret Leroy and Kristina McMorris.

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The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff

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?

Reviews

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


About the Author

Pam Jenoff

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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Publication date

5th September 2014

Author

Pam Jenoff

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Publisher

Mira an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781848452848

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