The Orphan’s Tale
By Pam Jenoff
Mira, 2017. 363 pgs. Historical Fiction
Former circus aerialist Astrid returns home to look for her family after her Nazi officer husband divorces her because she is Jewish; Noa, a young Danish woman whose baby by a German officer is forcibly taken from her after her family disowns her, rescues an infant from a railroad car filled with Jewish babies. The lives of these two women intersect as the owner of a German circus shelters them and struggles to keep his circus operating in spite of the war. The suspenseful story begins with the present day and is told in a long flashback to the past. If you read and liked Kristen Hannah’s The Nightingale you will enjoy this well written novel based on historical events. Both authors keep you in suspense about who is narrating the story right until the end.