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353 pages, Paperback
First published February 21, 2017
“The circus is a great equalizer; no matter class or race or background, we are all the same here.”The Orphan's Tale follows the POV of two women: Noa and Astrid, both circus performers, who had something grave to lose during this time of Jewish persecution. Their role within the circus was a place of safety and solace for them, but they both were willing to sacrifice everything they were for each other and of course for one lonely, circumcised baby boy. To be clear, this story is about these two women, and not the orphaned baby, although he is definitely a present character, so I was a bit confused by this book's title; however, the story came full circle by the end which I appreciated. In a way, I guess these women were both orphans in a sense as well - cast aside by those they loved. My only real complaint/distraction in this story was which is why I gave 4.5 stars (and considered 4). Overall though, in my opinion, The Orphan's Tale was an immensely engaging story that I was very glad to have read. If you have been enjoying the influx of WW2-related historical fiction/women's fiction novels, then be sure to add this gem to your list!