The Nightingale meets Water for Elephants in this powerful novel of friendship and sacrifice, set in a traveling circus during World War II, by international bestselling author Pam Jenoff.
Seventeen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation of her native Holland. Heartbroken over the loss of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption, she lives above a small German rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep.
When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants, unknown children ripped from their parents and headed for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the baby that was taken from her. In a moment that will change the course of her life, she steals one of the babies and flees into the snowy night, where she is rescued by a German circus.
The circus owner offers to teach Noa 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 unlikely friendship is enough to save one another or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.
"Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion...I read this novel in a headlong rush." Christina Baker Kline, No.1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
About the Author
Pam was born in Maryland and raised in southern New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended George Washington University in Washington D.C., where she earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in international affairs, with minors in history and Japanese. She then received her master's in history from Cambridge University in England.
After Cambridge, Pam accepted an appointment as special assistant to the secretary of the army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombings and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne, Belgium and Corregidor in the Philippines.
Following her work at the Pentagon, Pam then became a foreign service officer with the State Department and was assigned to the U.S. consulate in Kraków, Poland, for more than two years. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust by working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland and developing close relations with the surviving Jewish community. Pam remains involved in Polish-Jewish issues by publishing articles and serving as an advisor to various organizations.
Having left the foreign service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Pam now lives in Philadelphia where she works as an attorney. She has done extensive pro bono and civic work focusing on at-risk youth, hunger relief and homelessness. When not writing novels or practicing law, Pam enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, cheering on her Philadelphia Eagles, reading, traveling and participating in running and other sports (she is a second-degree black belt in karate)
The Kommandant's Girl was her first novel.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 20th February 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.33
Weight (kg): 0.39