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The Orphans Tale

By Pam Jenoff


342 pages

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff What’s it about? This story was inspired by a German Circus that hid Jews during World War II. The story is told by alternating narrators- two women with secrets to hide.  Both Noa (a young girl new to the circus) and Astrid (a veteran circus performer) have many secrets and yet become unlikely allies in their fight to survive. What did it make me think about? How unlikely life can be.  I also think that World War II is such an easy place to set a book when we want a clear cut villain to root against. Should I read it? This book reminded me of “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah.  “The Orphan’s Tale” is a suspenseful book set during World War II that pits good vs. evil.  I imagine it will be very popular as it is easy to read, has good characters, and an interesting plot.   Anyone who enjoys historical fiction set in World War II will enjoy this book. Quote- “I should not be here either, I realize.  Anxiety quickly replaces my sadness.  I cannot afford to loiter and risk being spotted by whoever lives here now, or face questions about who I am and why I have come.”

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