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The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff
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Aug 25, 2011

it was amazing

It is sometimes hard for me to pick up a novel like this one, mostly because I have read so many Holocaust period books, and I fear that I will be disappointed if a writer doesn’t live up to my impossibly high standards. The Things We Cherished went above and beyond those expectations, and I read it cover to cover in one day. Centering the historical aspects on the anniversary clock allowed the reader to see the full sentimental value that it held for all the lives it touched after its creation. It made the alternating chapters from the present day so much more meaningful, and still gave me the opportunity to try and figure out how it was going to come together in the end. The story of the lawyers was also well written, and purposeful. The romance was realistic and painful; the characters had their own history that was influencing their current case, making the story one that I couldn’t put down until I read the very end. I appreciated the fact that Charlotte’s character was Jewish, the daughter of a holocaust survivor, and didn’t automatically assume the client was guilty; in fact she was more determined to prove his innocence. There are some great parallels in the story between the present day attorney’s and the historical family which were subtle and well written. I really can’t say much more about this novel without any spoilers, so I will just say: READ THIS BOOK. That’s all.

Reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake.
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Michael Hi Jessica;
Nice review.
Mike


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