Pam Jenoff is back with a mighty story about a strong bond and friendship between two exceptional women in a traveling circus. Sacrifice, redemption. and survival during WW2 are the key themes of The Orphan's Tale. Noa, a 16-year-old girl, was banished in disgrace after a Nazi scumbag made her pregnant. They forced the poor thing to give up her child, and now the teenager is living on the roof of a tiny rail station.
She's working hard every day - cleaning the place - just to earn a right to stay there. Soon, she finds a boxcar with numerous Jewish babies that are to be taken to a camp, which reminds her of her own kid's fate. Without giving much thought to what she's doing and the consequences of her actions, she steals an infant and disappears into the cold night.
Thankfully, she finds a permanent place to stay with a German circus, but, they demand her to learn a couple of tricks ASAP, otherwise, she'll have to leave. The star of the show, Astrid, despises Noa, but she doesn't care - this is her one and only chance to survive, and she's not going to give up that easily. Unexpectedly, what started as more than a rivalry between the girls transforms into a brick-strong bond, and they turn into best friends.
However, even a friendship that powerful might not be enough to save them. They've got their own skeletons in the closet, and they might just destroy everything the women have been working towards. The Orphan's Tale is a celebration of the human spirit and the resilience of two ladies amidst the horrors of war. Pam Jenoff created a compelling, poignant, beautiful story that you won’t be able to put down.