Books by Pam Jenoff

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The Lost Girls of Paris

All warfare is based on deception. That is what Sun Tzu said in The Art of War.  In The Lost Girls of Paris, we learn that deception can carry a high price. New York, 1946. When an accident blocks her usual route to work one morning, Grace Healey is forced to cut through the bustling concourse ...

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The Orphan's Tale

World War II is a period in history that fascinates me. Every time I read a book set during this bleak period, I learn something new. In The Orphan's Tale, author Pam Jenoff explores the role German circuses played in hiding Jewish people and smuggling them out of Germany. Since I absolutely love ci ...

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The Orphan's Tale

For me, the hallmark of a good book is a desperate desire to reach the end. The Orphan’s Tale was a very good book and I became deeply invested in finding out how it would conclude. When Noa’s family finds out that the German soldier who had been lodging with them had seduced her and left her ...

B
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach

I read this book while at the water park with my son. His happy laughter and smiling face, the warm sunshine and the cheerfully splashing gallons of water made a nice contrast to the dark material in this story because honestly, the whole thing was something of a downer. Young Adelia (Addie) Mont ...

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The Winter Guest

Set in 1940, The Winter Guest is a hauntingly evocative tale of two sisters – twins – who are struggling to care for their three younger siblings in rural Poland at a time of great upheaval and uncertainty. Their father is dead, and their mother is ill in a hospital in Krakow, and the two girls, ...

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The Ambassador’s Daughter

I almost feel that I need to re-read portions of this book because of the length of time it took to finish reading it, but once was enough. The heroine played a big part in the tediousness of the book with her vacillation and indecisiveness, but I also found the story drawn out and rambling overall. ...

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The Kommandant's Girl

I have a real fascination with World War II, especially from the civilian point of view on the Eastern front and more than a passing interest in Holocaust literature. Given this, The Kommandant's Girl, the story of a young Jewish woman posing as a Gentile and working for the Krakow resistance, shou ...