The Orphan's Tale

The Orphan's Tale

Paperback - 2017
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Sixteen-year-old Noa, forced to give up her baby fathered by a Nazi soldier, snatches a child from a boxcar containing Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp and takes refuge with a traveling circus, where Astrid, a Jewish aerialist, becomes her mentor.
Published: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada :, MIRA Books,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780778319818
0778319814
Branch Call Number: F JEN
Characteristics: 363 pages ;,23 cm

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m0mmyl00
Sep 18, 2017

Seems like I'm reading a lot of books these days about young women being forced to give up their babies -- this one, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, and The Aquariums of Pyongyang. Also, several unlikely "joining the circus" books. This was an engaging book written by a most accomplished woman. Her bio states that she's written numerous books, is a lawyer, and mother of three. Sheesh.

The Orphan's Tale is about a young woman, Noa, who got pregnant by her Nazi boyfriend. She was cast out by her family and forced to give up her baby. When she heard babies' cries coming from a train car, and realized they were bound for extermination, she took one and claimed it as her brother. She was taken in by a traveling circus under the condition that she become a part of their act; she was to become an aerialist, i.e., a flying trapeze artist. Pretty far-fetched, but the author made it work.

The author knows the right buttons to push to engage the reader and advance the story. But she did not find any new buttons; I did not feel a sense of discovery or insight in reading her book. It was simply enjoyable reading.

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brangwinn
Aug 21, 2017

A powerful story of friendship and the courage of regular Germans who found ways of saving Jewish lives during World War II. A Jewish acrobat is “hidden” in a gentile circus during Hitler’s regime, along with a young Dutch girl who has saved a Jewish baby from death. This is a page-turner as the reader follows the circus into France and the eventual survival of one friend and the death of the other.

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MillieBT
Aug 12, 2017

An emotional , heartwarming and heartbreaking novel.....a tale about a traveling circus in
Europe during WW11....friendship and sorrow of 2 women aerialist performers from the
circus....excellent read

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dianecameron1973
Jul 28, 2017

Wonderful read! From the very beginning the author captivated my interest. Enjoyed how the author switched between both Noa and Astrid with each chapter, getting both sides of the story. Some devastating experiences that left me thinking about the book long after I had put it down. Definitely recommended! Looking forward to reading more by this author.

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readinJC
Jul 14, 2017

I agree totally with Jeanie123, below. This story sounded right up my alley, but the characters were poorly developed and the storyline jumped around too much. Barely finished it.

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jeanie123
Jul 03, 2017

Despite my avid interest in the subject matter, I found this to be a very poorly-written novel. In my opinion, if you loved The Nightingale you will cringe along with me at the drivel presented in this book. The writer changed details in the plot several times without going back to edit or correct earlier events. It was confusing to me and I kept asking "how could that happen when just a few pages ago she said something else happened?" Many of the events in the ending seemed so extremely unlikely to have succeeded in this time and this regime that I found it implausible and ridiculous.

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loritaft58
Jun 23, 2017

Great book .. well written ..

0Charlie Jun 22, 2017

This was a wonderful read. Deceptively simple in story line, I found the characters compelling and quite an interesting situation. Highly recommended.

AL_KATI May 01, 2017

I love how authors can take an unknown almost-anecdotal history footnote and turn it into fiction. I read this on a snowy afternoon. If you liked The Nightingale, try this.

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lupodog
Mar 27, 2017

An interesting book but did not have the appeal of The Nightingale.

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