The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

The Orphan's Tale

By Pam Jenoff

  • Release Date: 2017-02-20
  • Genre: Historical
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The Nightingale meets Water for Elephants in this powerful novel of friendship and sacrifice, set in a traveling circus during World War II, by international bestselling author Pam Jenoff.

Seventeen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation of her native Holland. Heartbroken over the loss of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption, she lives above a small German rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. 

When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants, unknown children ripped from their parents and headed for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the baby that was taken from her. In a moment that will change the course of her life, she steals one of the babies and flees into the snowy night, where she is rescued by a German circus.

The circus owner offers to teach Noa 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 unlikely friendship is enough to save one another — or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

“Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion…I read this novel in a headlong rush.” — Christina Baker Kline, No.1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train


'Pam has written a touching story that had me gripped from the very beginning. Many times I had my heart in my throat, feeling so deeply for the beautifully written characters.' — Lea Wyllie (NetGalley)

'It has been a long time since I have found a good read and The Orphan's Tale definitely rebuilt my confidence in books and my desire to read.' — Tanya Searle (NetGalley)

'I enjoyed reading The Orphan's Tale. The author has researched the history well, and it is evident in the story… it is a beautiful novel that tugs at the heartstrings' — Michelle Vamvas, NetGalley

'What a wonderful emotional read' — Lynn McCarthy, NetGalley