The Orphan's Tale

by Pam Jenoff

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A heartbreaking tale echoing with intensity and hope, set during World War Two and based on real events. Seventeen year old Noa and the Jewish baby she managed to rescue from a train, flee through the snow from soldiers. Astrid’s German officer husband followed orders to divorce her as she is Jewish, and she attempts to return home to her family. A travelling German circus acts as a save haven for these two women, and they tell their own tales, on the edge of friendship, on the edge of survival. Pam Jenoff excells at telling stories set in this time period, she has an ability to make history feel so very real and almost touchable. Her characters come to life, Noa and Astrid, their thoughts, feelings, and their actions allow a glimpse into the past. The circus is a vibrant, complicated, hectic backdrop to this tale of friendship and survival. The writing is so intimate yet the harrowing stamp of Nazi occupied Europe a constant reminder, as it storms through the pages. ‘The Orphan’s Tale’ is a heart in mouth, emotional, and compelling read. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Orphan's Tale Synopsis

In Nazi-occupied Holland, seventeen-year-old Noa snatches a baby from a train bound for the concentration camps, fleeing with him into the snowy wilderness surrounding the train tracks. Passing through the woods is a German circus - a troupe of waifs and strays, led by the infamous Herr Neuroff. They agree to take in Noa and the baby, on one condition: to earn her keep, Noa must master the flying trapeze - under the tutorage of mysterious aerialist, Astrid. Soaring high above the crowds, Noa and Astrid must learn to trust one another...or plummet. But with the threat of war closing in, loyalty can become the most dangerous trait of all.

The Orphan's Tale Press 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


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ISBN: 9781848455368
Publication date: 23/02/2017
Publisher: HQ an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848455368
Publication date: 23rd February 2017
Author: Pam Jenoff
Publisher: HQ an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About 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 ...

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