If The Nightingale and Water for Elephants had a baby…Welcome to the world, The Orphan’s Tale! Exquisitely written and researched with unforgettable characters, this is the perfect read if you have any interest in WWII fiction or stories from the circus. Combine those two and you have this story, one you won’t soon forget.
It tells the story of Noa, a young Dutch girl who in the first chapter does something heroic, rescues a baby from a train car heading to what we can only assume is a concentration camp. She takes the baby and runs, and luckily she finds a quick home in a German circus. But in order to stay, she is forced to learn the job of an aerialist (trapeze artist) and to perform.
Her trainer is Astrid, a Jew who also is hiding among the circus performers. As the two women spend more time together, secrets from both pasts emerge, threatening their livelihood and their lives.
Even though this isn’t a thriller or mystery, its intriguing plot will have you flipping the pages to reach the conclusion. And I promise you’ll walk away with an appreciation for the performers of the circus who lived during this time. I gained a new understanding of the struggles of performing during this era of history. As soon as I finished, I went and grabbed a copy of her book previous to this one, The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach.
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