The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

The Orphan's Tale

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces 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 Jew...

Details The Orphan's Tale

TitleThe Orphan's Tale
Release DateFeb 21st, 2017
PublisherMira Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Orphan's Tale

  • Angela M
    There are notable as well as unsung heroes who protected some Jews from the Holocaust. We know about Oskar Schindler and I most recently learned about Irena Sendler. This is an admirable attempt to capture a story that I knew nothing about - the German circus and how some Jews were hidden as circus performers. I found it interesting because I didn't know about it and uplifting to know there were good people willing to take risks to save their fel...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!At the age of 16, Noa is forced to leave the home of her parents, her family, when they notice her belly swelling with child. Unmarried, impregnated by a German soldier, she struggles to find a way to survive. She finds a cleaning job at a train station, which will become a path that changes everything for her. In her haste to leave this town, which has suddenly become unsafe for her, she runs away into the darkness one night. ...
  • Norma
    THE ORPHAN’S TALE by PAM JENOFF is an emotional, heartwarming, and heartbreaking Historical Fiction novel bringing together a tale about a traveling circus in Europe during World War II and of the friendship and sorrow of two women aerialist performers from the circus. I found the circus theme to be quite enlightening, fascinating, and interesting as I haven't read too many books about traveling circuses during this time period. We also learn t...
  • Lindsay
    I’m somewhere between 3.5 – 4 stars on this book.I enjoyed this WWII story told through the unique perspective of the traveling circus. I read a lot of Holocaust novels and it always amazes me when I discover a completely different wartime perspective where brave men and women risked their lives to do the ‘right thing’ by hiding Jews knowing it would end with prison, torture or death for themselves if they were caught. It always makes me ...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Noa is a sixteen year old Dutch girl who cleans a German rail station in exchange for food and shelter. She is alone and destitute after being after being disowned by her family. Noa became pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation. She was forced to give up the child for adoption and her parents could not forgive her transgressions. One evening she hears noises coming from a railway car in the station. She finds it filled with Jewish infa...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    Naturally this is another book where apparently my rating/opinion doesn't line up with the popular one. The plot sounds addictive, and it even involved a circus - hard to go wrong with that. As morbid as the subject is, I enjoy reading historical stories focusing on World War II and the horrible time in human history we must never forget and keep (hopefully) learning from. Told through two main points of view, the ambitious story focuses on one w...
  • RoseMary Achey
    Mel·o·dra·maDEFINITION: a sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotionsThis book felt like it was written by a novice writer, not a seasoned respected author. It was filled with unnecessary melodrama, incredibly simplistic dialogue and scenarios that were simply not believable. The setting was WWII and a traveling circus attempting to shelter several Jewish individuals. Do we real...
  • Brenda
    Cleaning the tiny German railway station for food and a bed was all sixteen year old Noa was able to do – her Dutch father had disowned her after she told her parents she was pregnant. Then her child was taken; her grief she kept well hidden – it didn’t pay to make the Germans notice, she knew that. But the decision she made on the night she heard noises from the rear car of a nearby train was to change her life forever.Snatching the baby f...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.5 Stars.The Orphan’s Tale is A Story of Two Women in Nazi Germany. One woman is a Jew, who was married to a German SS Officer who divorced her and cast her aside. Her name was Ingrid and prior to her marriage she was an Aerialist in the Circus, thus after being shunned by her husband she goes back to the only life she has ever known, and she takes on the name Astrid, hoping the Nazi’s won’t capture her, or worse. The other woman is a youn...
  • Mary Kubica
    Heartbreaking and beautiful. Jenoff's best book yet!