I always enjoy Pam Jenoff’s writing. Her historical fiction is well-researched and has compelling characters. This latest story was haunting – it followed the journey of a young Jewish woman and her family as they sought to avoid the Nazis in Krakow, Poland by hiding and living in the sewers. This seems quite extraordinary but I remember watching a movie once (based on a true story) where a man hid a whole group of Jewish villagers in the sewer (it’s called In Darkness). This novel followed Sadie and her friends and family as they try to stay alive.
I really enjoyed it! Thank you for making me part of the tour!
Here’s the overview:
The Woman with the Blue Star
On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
$17.99 USD, $22.99 CAD
Fiction / Historical / Jewish
About the Book:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris comes a riveting tale of courage and unlikely friendship during World War II.
1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents in the Kraków Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous tunnels beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.
Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding.
Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by incredible true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is an unforgettable testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.
About the Author:
Pam Jenoff is the author of several books of historical fiction, including the NYT bestseller The Orphan’s Tale. She holds a degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her JD from UPenn. Her novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her husband and 3 children near Philadelphia, where she teaches law.
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