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 J...


Details The Orphan's Tale

TitleThe Orphan's Tale
ISBN9780778319818
Author
Release DateFeb 21st, 2017
PublisherMira Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, War, World War II
Rating

Reviews The Orphan's Tale

  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    !! 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 * Traveling Sister
    1970-01-01
    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 - Traveling Sister
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • RoseMary Achey
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Brenda
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    Heartbreaking and beautiful. Jenoff's best book yet!
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    ★★★★It's Oscars weekend, and although it may seem like a superficial way to spend one's time, the awards show has spent the past 89 years recognizing the importance of entertaining the masses through the good times and the bad. This annual event has been held in spite of World War II, The Great Depression, and September 11, 2001 … or maybe the show marched on because of these tragedies. Entertainment provides escape and a needed morale ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    1970-01-01
    I received this beautifully written ARC as an unexpected surprise, and what a wonderful surprise it was! Bravery, sacrifice, and a traveling circus, this story of friendship and family during the most difficult of times is highly recommended for fans of WWII fiction. Wow, just wow!
  • Kathryn
    1970-01-01
    The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff was a very moving read. Yes a little reminiscent of that powerful book The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, however very different in its own right.The two women - Astrid a Jewish woman hiding and sheltered in a circus and Noa a younger woman who was cast out from her home in the Netherlands when she became pregnant. When Noa stumbles into the care of the circus the two women forge a special relationship. They were b...
  • Paul Falk
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Pam Jenoff, I found myself clutched into the arms of Germany during World War II. Not the safest place to be. Flying by the seat of my pants, I landed on a train. Not just any train. A circus train. From there, the author took me on a well-laid-out tour of the Big Top. Circus life. Love. War. It was a moving narrative guaranteed with an ending not to leave your eyes dry.In Germany, the Reich refused to recognize mixed marriages - Jews a...
  • Ammara Abid
    1970-01-01
    In the war-scenario brilliantly crafted story on the friendship of Noa & Astrid. And their love for the child Theo. Sacrificing selflessly for one another is the true friendship & that's what they truly depict. My eyes are filled with tears :'( & my heart with pain. This book is incredibly awesome, painstakingly beautiful & what a brilliant write up. Fast paced, moving, I didn't get bore even a second. My first book related to circus but I feel i...
  • Donna
    1970-01-01
    I can see this book getting great reviews because it really is a sweet story, so for that I will give this an extra star, but overall, this didn’t work for me. I love historical fiction and I love WWII historical fiction, so I was looking forward to this book. I think I craved more detail and not the kind that describes the color of things. I wanted emotion, dilemma, conflict. While this book had some of that, I wanted more. The author did pain...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    1970-01-01
    Noa was thrown out of her parents' home because she had become pregnant to a German soldier but needed to leave after the Germans took her baby. As Noa made her way out of town, she came upon a train of Jewish infants left to die (talk about heartbreaking.) Noa took one of the babies, couldn't continue because they both were almost frozen, and then collapsed near the circus. The circus members rescued Noa and the baby, but Noa had to perform on t...
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    Over the past couple of years I have developed a fondness for historical fiction. I was never a fan of history in school because it seemed to be mostly the memorization of names and dates. I thought it was boring. Historical fiction has allowed me to learn about past events in a fun, exciting, and interesting way. I wish my history teachers had incorporated books into their lesson plans.The Orphan's Tale is a story set in 1940s Germany and France...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    1970-01-01
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comIn 2009 I was first introduced to the work of talented historical fiction novelist Pam Jenoff, who specialises in bringing readers compelling stories from the war years. I was so moved by Jenoff’s World War II based novel The Kommandant’s Girl that ever since her books have been on the auto buy list. This was also the case with Jenoff’s latest novel, another World War II set novel. I think The Orphan’...
  • Maria Espadinha
    1970-01-01
    Two More Rabits in the Holocaust HatHere is another book about WWII -- another great job unravelling a bit more of the Holocaust terror and atrocitiesIt brings together two real events I knew nothing about:A catle train crowded with anonimous jewish children who have been snatched from their parents, and a traveling circus that harbored JewsIt's about fear, love, courage, miracles and secrets -- people like us living a life pushed by circunstance...
  • Kindling Micky
    1970-01-01
    This was a heart-stopping and painful read but there are no regrets in reading it. THE ORPHAN'S TALE broke my heart at the beginning and it didn't stop there. The premise for this story had me searching for the history behind the start of the book; a boxcar of babies on their way to be transported to a concentration camp and a young infant saved. This was based in reality and I can say this book was very well researched and the story throughout f...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of the circus. I was not disappointed to hear about Barnum and Bailey ending their 146 year run. However, I’m always interested in reading novels about circuses. I think that started with Water for Elephants and later The Night Circus. So I was glad to hear that Pam Jenoff’s latest novel is also about a circus. Thankfully, the focus is on trapeze acts instead of what happens to animals. However, it ...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    1970-01-01
    This is a story of two lost souls attempting to survive the War. At sixteen, Noa has already lived a lifetime. She got pregnant by a Nazi soldier, got kicked out of her home, had a baby that was taken from her and was trying to make a living by working in the train station. After coming across a boxcar piled high with Jewish babies she is compelled to rescue one and run away. She calls him Theo and now must find a way to protect him from the Germ...
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    3.5 *wiping away tears * stars. The show is the thing. As long as we can keep performing, everything will be fine.Germany 1940's: Noa, a young Dutch teen has been cast from her home after falling pregnant by a Nazi soldier. Hoping that her child can be adopted by a nice Arayan family, Noa enters a home for unwed mothers and eventually gives birth. Soon she is cast from there as well and takes refuge at a train station where one night, Noa stumbl...
  • Britany
    1970-01-01
    WWII Historical fiction AND the circus?!!?!?! That statement alone should've sealed this book as a quick favorite- so many preconceived check boxes marked off my list of qualities. Needless to say, this one didn't quite hit the mark for me.Noa- a 16 year old gets kicked out of her house for getting pregnant is living in the train station as a cleaner, and stumbles across the most horrific scene in a novel I have ever come across. She suddenly fin...
  • Maria Espadinha
    1970-01-01
    Mais Dois Coelhos na Cartola do HolocaustoNoa, Noa, que fizeste tu?!...Enrolaste-te com um Nazi e olha no que deu:Foste rejeitada pelos teus e nem a criança irás criar!...Mas, enfim!... Errare humanum est, e o destino lá te compensou -- perdeste um, mas deste com outro:Um bebé judeu que surripiaste duma carruagem pejada deles -- estavam todos amontoados, espraiados num chão coberto de fezes e vomitado -- uns mortos e outros quase... e tu nã...
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    I just finished this book and I am still crying. I am crying over the lives lost during this horrific time in history but I am also crying because this book was so wonderful and so beautifully written.Noa was kicked out of her house at 16 when she became pregnant by a German soldier and she found a job cleaning a railway station. She hears a strange sound and finds a railway car full of babies, some dead and some alive, and she is so upset that s...
  • Sheri
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this World War II novel with a different setting. I knew nothing of the German traveling circus, nor the fact that it hid Jews amongst its performers during the war. I thought the book did an especially good job of showing how the war impacted not just Jews, but those associated with Jews, and to a lesser extent, all German citizens. A beautiful story of family, friendship, and trust. This is my first novel by this author, but it...
  • ☮Karen
    1970-01-01
    I guess I didn't realize just how much of this story takes place in the circus (in Nazi Germany and France). I think I expected more about the orphans, taking the title too literally perhaps. I loved that other circus book, Water for Elephants, but mainly because it had that wonderful elephant, Rosie. This book has a lot of circus going on, and I thought it would have been more interesting with more about those orphan babies. Don't get me wrong. ...
  • Heather Gudenkauf
    1970-01-01
    Another winner from Pam Jenoff!