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PAM JENOFF, The Orphan’s Tale: A Novel
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From Pam Jenoff, author of the International bestseller, The Kommandant’s Girl, comes The Orphan’s Tale, the New York Times bestseller that critics have called the love child of Kristin Hannah’s Nightingale and Sara Gruen’s Like Water for Elephants. Jenoff skillfully relates the powerful story of sixteen-year-old Noa, who has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier. She is forced to give up her baby and moves into a small room above a rail station, which she cleans to earn her keep. After discovering a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, Noa is reminded of her own lost child and grabs a baby, fleeing into the night. She takes refuge with a German circus, where she meets Astrid, the lead aerialist. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond, but later, the women must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if their secrets will destroy everything.
MARK SULLIVAN, Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel
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Mark Sullivan, the acclaimed author the #1 New York Times bestselling Private series, which he writes with James Patterson, turns his talents to this epic wartime saga based on the true story of a young Italian boy’s efforts to thwart the Nazis.
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or Nazis. When his home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier where he is recruited to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most powerful commanders. With the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna.
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