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The Orphan's Tale (Paperback)

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The author, a law school professor, discovered two true accounts while working in the archives of Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, and wove them into this novel. They are : 1. a circus that rescued Jews during WWII, and 2. untold numbers of Jewish babies taken from their families and shipped to concentration camps before they knew their own names. Yes, this is another WWII story, but knowing it is based on actual people and events imbues each page with importance. 

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A New York Times bestseller

"Readers who enjoyed Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants will embrace this novel. " --Library Journal"Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion.... I read this novel in a headlong rush." --Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan TrainA 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 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780778319818
ISBN-10: 0778319814
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English