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Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star
May 6 @ 8:00 pm
Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star: A Novel
Former diplomat and Cambridge-educated historian Pam Jenoff has become a mainstay at the top of historical fiction lists. The Orphan’s Tale (2017) sold hundreds of thousands of copies while earning weeks on bestseller lists and the follow-up The Lost Girls of Paris stayed on the New York Time sand USA Today best seller lists, among others, for over 20 weeks, while selling well-over a half-million copies and counting. Her deep research and emotional storytelling have made her a favorite of readers and critics alike. This spring, Jenoff will release her latest will-be blockbuster, THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR (Park Row; 5/4/21)
1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents amidst the horrors of the Krakow Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous sewers 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. Scorned by her friends and longing for her fiancé who has gone off to war, Ella wanders Krakow restlessly. 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.
Cost: $6 Virtual Ticket or $25 book bundle (paperback)