The Orphan's Tale (Paperback)

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This is the tale of of two women who take cover together because of the war. Noa is young and  running away from her mistakes with a German soldier. Along the way she finds a boxcar full of babies and decides to take one, not really knowing what she is getting herself into. All she knows that she is just trying to fill a void. Astrid is a women in her mid life. She is also running away from her life but for different reasons. Both of these women have to make the best of what is handed them and be in the circus at the same time. Astrid is from a circus family and knows all the hardships of show life, but she takes Noa under her wing to teach her the art of being an aerialist. This is a very light hearted WWII story that is more about friendship than war.

-Recommended by Chris

— From March 2017 Staff Picks


A New York Times bestseller

"Readers who enjoyed Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants will embrace this novel. " --Library Journal"Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion.... I read this novel in a headlong rush." --Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan TrainA powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep... When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another--or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780778319818
ISBN-10: 0778319814
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English