The Orphan’s Tale

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Taleintroduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

Learn more about the book, including an exclusive conversation with Pam Jenoff on her inspiration of the novel, as well as discussion questions and more in the Discussion Guide below!

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Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including the international bestseller The Kommandant's Girl, which also earned her a Quill Award nomination. Along with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in history from Cambridge, she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania and previously served as a Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department in Europe. Pam lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school.

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13 Responses to “The Orphan’s Tale”

  1. Marilyn Kurtis

    I have read several novels by Pam Jenoff and love her writing. It would be my pleasure to provide an honest review for an advanced reader’s copy. Please consider me if you are offering a give away. Thanks.

  2. Elaine Wasserman

    I would really like to read The Orphan’s Tale – having read both The Nightingale and Water for Elephants, the story’s premise sounds fascinating!! I would greatly appreciate a copy of Pam Jenoff’s newest book! Thanks so much!

  3. Esther Benezra

    Would love to read and have my “Perfect Ten” book club, in existence for 5 years, read it as well. We have all read Water for Elephants and The Nightingale. Everytime we say no to another Holocaust book another one shows up with another of the millions of stories. We would love to read and review this one.

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