When Noa’s parents notice her growing belly she is forced to flee her home. Sixteen and pregnant by a German soldier, she resorts to cleaning at a train station as a means to survive. But when things become unsafe, she flees once again. She is found by a member of the traveling circus, Astrid, and brought to where the circus is. In order for her to stay, Noa needs to learn to be an aerialist. Astrid would have to be the one to teach her, but she knows what a time-consuming process that will be and instantly starts to resent Noa.
Told in alternate point of views, this story tells how Noa and Astrid find themselves at the Neuroff Circus. Although they meet under horrible circumstances, they lean on each other to get through the nightmare that they’re living.
This is the first book I’ve read about circus life during WWII. I was unaware that the circus was used as a safe haven for Jews during the Holocaust. Clearly the author did much research and the way it was translated on paper was seamless.
Both emotional and empowering, The Orphan’s Tale is not one to be missed.
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About the author:
Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children.
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