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The Things We Cherished

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  3,323 Ratings  ·  327 Reviews
Pam Jenoff, whose first novel, The Kommandant’s Girl, was a Quill Award finalist, a Book Sense pick, and a finalist for the ALA Sophie Brody Award, joins the Doubleday list with a suspenseful story of love and betrayal set during the Holocaust.

An ambitious novel that spans decades and continents, The Things We Cherished tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Harringto
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Doubleday
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Apr 02, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
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I’m a WWII junkie, but Holocaust fiction has always been hit and miss in my book. It wasn’t until reading The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, that I was truly moved by the adapted subject matter which is what led me to Pam Jenoff's The Things We Cherished. I was familiar with Jenoff’s work, but even so, the material and angle seemed rather ambitious. Truth be told, I wasn't convinced she could pull off dual timelines anchored b
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I got less than 30 pages into this book before giving up, because it has the most pathetic protagonist ever. She's still mooning over the ex who dumped her years ago, and in the meanwhile, she has no friends, no hobbies, no interests outside of work. She never takes her vacation days because she has nothing else to do. It's implied that her lack of a man is the reason for her pathetic life--which is pretty pathetic in itself--but if she needs a man so badly, then really, there's no excuse for he ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this because the author is coming to town soon and I was contemplating going to see her. However, finding the book as unimaginative as I did, I don't think I'll be going. I have read other books with very similar plots. From the beginning this book lacked originality. The love triangle is about as prosaic as you get; I could tell in the first ten pages what would happen at the end. There are certain phrases the author used repeatedly, such as hearing a "scratching" noise whenever someone ...more
Sharon Huether
Jun 05, 2014 Sharon Huether rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, wwii, fiction
The Things We Cherished .. Pam Jenoff ... The Story set during WW II and present day, revolves around a glass domed anniversary clock. The mystery of it's whereabouts brings friends together, a father and daughter united after his death, a hope to go to America and setting the presumed guilty free. The author did such a good job of making the story so real. I'll be reading more of her books.
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing
A book titled, The Kommandant’s Girl crossed my path back in 2007, and unveiled one of the most incredible writers that this world had seen in a very long time. We’re not only speaking about a ‘great’ plot or a fascinating story; we are speaking about the ebb and flow of a novel that is so scintillating and beautiful that a reader can not, will not, and does not have the power to put the book down until the very last word has been read.

Pam Jenoff, now an internationally bestselling author, is a
I confess that I began The Things We Cherished fully predisposed to fall for the story and the characters. Historical fiction set during World War II, a Holocaust hero who loses his life while saving Jews in Germany, "fiercely independent attorneys who find themselves slowly falling for one another", and a heart-wrenching, life altering love story -- a recipe for a fascinating and engrossing read.

In fact, I started the book yesterday as I traveled from NYC to Boston. It was the perfect escape fo
Jun 13, 2014 Michael rated it did not like it
I remember anxiously wanting to read this book for the longest. Needless to say I was disappointed knowing that this is the same author that wrote The Kommandant's daughter( which I did not like at all by the way). However I thought that this would have been drastically different, sadly this was a boring and inconsistent mess. I just don't understand what purpose of this book was, the plot was never defined while reading it, ugh another book that has a lot of critical praise but little substance ...more
May 26, 2011 Leslie rated it it was ok
Jenoff has been on my radar for a long time, so I was grateful to be able to read this ARC. Perhaps my expectations were too high, because I was disappointed in the character development and the cliched writing. Still, I will look at some of her books as they have gotten good reviews and have been suggested for book discussion.
Nadine Sabet-tushe
Dec 28, 2011 Nadine Sabet-tushe rated it it was ok
I had high expectations for this book since it involves so many of my favorite elements- WWII drama, international law, a historical and a contemporary love story. While it was a quick and not unpleasant read, I think its light treatment of these very heavy themes was what made me find it lacking. The characters felt shallow and undeveloped, and as a lawyer myself, I found Charlotte and the other modern characters cliche and unbelievable at times. The historical chapters piqued my interest, but ...more
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
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Charlotte Gold is a public defender and daughter of a Holocaust survivor. She used to be an associate attorney for a big New York firm, but after the devastating loss of her gravely ill mother and an heart-wrenching breakup with her long time boyfriend, Charlotte has rebuilt her life in Philadelphia, where she tirelessly devotes herself to juvenile court cases. When her ex, a high-profile attorney himself, shows up at
Dale Harcombe
Jan 18, 2015 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story that travels through different time frames, from 2009 back to 1903, 1922, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1961, and 1911. As you read through the book and follow Charlotte, Brian and Jack through various countries, it becomes obvious how these stories and different times all fit together. The link to all of these varying time frames and people is a glass domed anniversary clock that originated in Bavaria.
In a race against time Jack and Charlotte seek to uncover the truth about Rog
Patricia Bloom
Mar 19, 2016 Patricia Bloom rated it it was ok
It's like two different people wrote this book about a man, accused of WWII war crimes and the attorneys search for a way to defend him. The portions regarding WWII events are well-drawn and well-researched. But the flow is interrupted by a love story between the attorneys so that this portion feels like it was written by a 12-year-old girl. For example, the obvious love from one of the male attorneys, is consistently misinterpreted by the female. Obvious and silly. Then, alas, this talented wri ...more
This is another work where I’m not 100% sure whether I liked the dual storyline or not. Individually, I liked each one to a degree. It was interesting to see the footwork behind building a legal case as well as the journey of the clock throughout history and its importance to the developing events of the early 20th century.

Yet, I felt that the historical story lost a bit when balanced against the continuous nature of the modern tale. We’re constantly exposed to Charlotte and her journey towards
Jul 22, 2011 Cleverly rated it really liked it
Being accused of a war crime is no walk in the park, it's also tough when you won't speak on your own behalf. If he won't speak that must mean he has something to hide. What they find out even shocked me.

Charlotte, well she was intelligent and seemed to be a right fit for her job. She did tend to over think situations. I didn't like that even after a her heart was saying Jack that she would entertain the idea of her old flame, Jack's brother Brian. Jack's character was honorable and stern, a li
The Things We Cherished
La prima perplessità riguardo questo libro è la traduzione del titolo in italiano (Il colore trasparente della notte: ok è evocativo, ma cosa c’entra con la storia?) e l’immagine di copertina (sembra un libro ambientato in India, insomma tutto tranne che una storia che prende spunto dall’Olocausto).
Detto questo, il plot è interessante: Charlotte, intraprendente avvocatessa americana decide di difendere un anziano tedesco accusato di aver tradito e quindi condannato a morte
Aug 10, 2016 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
This story has been sitting on my to be read shelf for several years now. I discovered it because it showed up in my recommendations on Goodreads due to my love of wartime stories.

While not as in depth of some wartime stories this is still a moving and tragic storyline. What compelled me the most was the way that both storylines, past and present, had striking similarities. Both had two brothers and one girl. Always a formula for drama.

The significance of the clock and how the story followed i
Sep 09, 2011 Shuffy2 rated it really liked it
Charlotte's ex shows up out of the blue after almost a decade and asks her to drop everything, fly to Poland and help him with an important court case. Should she help the man, who broke her heart, defend an alleged WWII war criminal? [return][return]Charlotte is surprised when Brian shows up in her Philadelphia office asking for her help in defending Roger Dykmans, the brother of a Holocaust hero. Did Roger turn his brother into the Nazis during the war? Why is an antique clock so important? An ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
My review is based on the bound galley version.

I really enjoyed The Things We Cherished. I’m a sucker for Holocaust error novels and this one did not disappoint. I really liked how the author flipped back and forth from present day to the past to tell her story. In some ways I felt like I was reading a novel that was interspersed with short stories every other chapter, but they all come together in the end. Jenoff did a great job of keeping my interest in the way she ended certain chapters. I f
Feb 08, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok
This book started out promisingly enough, but, by the end, couldn't redeem itself in my eyes. The book follows two timelines - one starting in the early 1900's and the other in 2009. The 1900's timeline is interesting, creative, and the better part of the book; while the 2009 timeline has an, at times, weak protagonist who repetitively talks about her love life. There is a very cliche love story that is repeatedly discussed and thought about, which ultimately, ruined the book for me. The cliche ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Carol rated it it was ok
This was easy to read and a so-so story but like a young adult novel. It wouldn't push me to read any of her other books but it held my interest enough to finish it.

I liked the history of the clock and the various hands it falls into. I enjoyed the love stories attached to each owner. What I didn't like and what was ultimately the downfall for this book was the romance angle of the modern day story. I truly dislike books that have a strong competent woman who turns into a bumbling idiot because
Mar 03, 2015 Cassandra rated it did not like it
I had to wait on the library hold list for several weeks in order to borrow this book. I'm 147 pages in and dropping it.

1 - The characters are boring. I don't really care about any of them.
2 - The writing style is driving me up the wall. "At the far end was the very mantelpiece in front of which the photograph of the Dykmans family that Charlotte had shown Roger had been taken" (85). I can endure an author's writing style for the sake of a good story, but this isn't a good story.
3 - Two of th
Feb 17, 2016 Hedvig rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody :(
Don't spend your precious time to read this book. It's just bad.
Magyarul olvastam Csak azért olvastam végig, hogy lássam, a vége is olyan tré, mint az egész könyv volt... :( sematikus szereplők (a könyv olvastán azt kell hinned, hogy a fiútestvérek mind született ellenségei és riválisai egymásnak), második világháború és a zsidóüldözés csak valami elnagyolt mese, a rendszerváltozások előtti keleti blokk országainak ábrázolása egyszerűen röhejes. Szegény amerikaiak meg ilyen könyvekből képzelik
Aug 07, 2015 Betty rated it really liked it
Shelves: jewish
I enjoyed the book even though the story is not all that deep. The two love triangles somewhat mirror each other -- two brothers in love with the same woman. Neither story gets very deep. After all, the book is only 286 pages. It was sometimes hard to grab the thread of the story when it bounced into the past. But the sentimentality of the story saved it. The clock ties the chapters from the past together. Overall, I enjoyed it.
Jun 25, 2014 Holly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014

I liked this story for the most part. Told in dual times, I happened to like the later years more than I liked the present. Something about the lead protagonist, Charlotte, bothered me. Probably because she spent so much time thinking about her ex. Will definitely look for more books by this author.
Feb 13, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I am not one for love stories, but I really liked this one. There was actually many love stories. I liked the how the book told the story of many people and how they intertwined was very neat.
Katherine Bates
Sep 12, 2013 Katherine Bates rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Interesting story - what would you do given the choice of saving your lover and daughter or your brother and innocent Jews. WWII in Germany, Poland was just awful.
Sep 21, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
Liked this book more at the start. Has a great interweaving plot. However the issue with the clock is implausible. There is no way this(these) clocks could have survived what all they went thru.
Fran Connelly
Jul 31, 2011 Fran Connelly rated it it was ok
This book was ok. Typical Holocaust fare but slightly more interesting due to the back and forth change in time periods and characters. I did not like the main female character--she seemed wooden.
Apr 15, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok
Thin plot, endless loose ends, zero chemistry in the love triangle. Meh.
Jennifer N
Nov 23, 2016 Jennifer N rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I love historical fiction - particularly WWII fiction so this was for me. A lawyer is asked by her ex boyfriend (who she still has feelings for and he is married) to fly from the USA to Germany to help him out with a case. This is a bit far fetched but she goes since she has no life and ends up working with his brother (who also has feelings for her). I spent much of the modern story wondering why she was so desired. They are defending a man who has been accused of helping the nazis cap
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Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senio ...more
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