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The Woman with the Blue Star: A Novel (Original 2021; 2021. Auflage)

von Pam Jenoff (Autor)

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Titel:The Woman with the Blue Star: A Novel
Autoren:Pam Jenoff (Autor)
Info:Park Row (2021), Edition: Original, 336 pages
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The Woman with the Blue Star: A Novel von Pam Jenoff (2021)

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The history behind The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff goes as follows. A sewage work in the town of Lvov used his knowledge to protect a group of Jews from the Nazis. Think about that. People went down to and lived in the sewers with all the filth that entails to escape and to survive! What is so important about stories such as this one is that they remind us of man's atrocities towards man. What is also important is the fact that these two young women transcend their differences to find friendship, and that along with the atrocities, such periods in history also brought out heroes who brought help and hope. Perhaps, one day we will learn.

Read my complete review at

Reviewed for NetGalley and a publisher's blog tour. ( )
  njmom3 | May 28, 2021 |
The Germans have moved Sadie and her family into the ghetto in Krakow. They have lived there for quite a while when the Germans decided to eliminate all of the Jews. To save themselves, Sadie and her family move to the sewer system.

Sadie meets Ella, a young polish girl, through a grate. This chance meeting lifts Sadie’s spirits and may end up saving her life in the long run.

What an emotional roller coaster! Sadie’s situation and the tragedy she has experienced almost had me in tears! Pile on the intensity of her situation and I was all over the place! AND! The intensity and emotion just keeps growing as the story moves along!

Need a good tear jerker! THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review. ( )
  fredreeca | May 24, 2021 |
As the author explains in a note at the end of this profoundly touching novel:

“This book was inspired in part by the true story of a small group of Jews who survived World War II in the sewers of Lviv, Poland. The account that I have written and set in Krakow is wholly fictitious. . . . . If you would like to read more about the true story, I recommend the nonfiction book In the Sewers of Lvov by Robert Marshall.”

The book she recommends by Marshall relates how a group of Jews spent 14 months in 1943-1944 hiding in the sewer system in the Ukrainian city of Lvov. [Throughout its history, Lviv has had several names. The city was known as Lwów when the Poles ruled, the Austro-Hungarian Empire called it Lemberg, and Jewish residents referred to it as Lemberik. Currently, many languages have their own spelling and pronunciation. This is the case with ‘Lviv’ (Ukrainian) and ‘Lvov’ (Russian).] That group consisted of 20 people, including two children and a pregnant woman.

The fictional group in The Woman with the Blue Star is made up of two families: Sadie Gault, 18, and her pregnant mother; and Meyer Rosenberg, his elderly mother, and his son Saul, who is around Sadie’s age. Like the group in Lvov, they were helped by a sewer worker, and as the real-life group did, they learned to deal with darkness in confined spaces; the horrific odors; feces; rats; lack of adequate food; constant fear of abandonment and discovery; and sickness and death.

Sadie’s fate becomes unexpectedly joined with that of Ella Stepanek, 19. Ella, as a Christian Pole, is technically free, but lives in her own hell above ground.

The ways in which the lives of all these characters play out, and what happens to them, create an unforgettable saga. An Epilogue in 2016 ends the story with a surprising twist.

Evaluation: Pam Jenoff is an excellent writer, and this book is her best so far, in my opinion. The courage of the characters in spite of their dire circumstances and the poignancy of their stories will grab hold of your heart and shake up your conception of what is possible - both in terms of horrific actions people are capable of taking against each other, and how some manage to survive it in spite of everything. ( )
  nbmars | May 24, 2021 |
If you are looking for a sad and yet happy story that takes place in Poland during WWll you will love this daring tale. Sadie and Ella are quite different young women who grew up in Poland and accidentally meet during the last years of the war. They are wonderful young women that each have struggles that they must overcome. You will want Kleenex handy. I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins/Mira for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will. ( )
  Virginia51 | May 24, 2021 |
Author Pam Jenoff adds to her growing canon of WWII stories about courageous women with her latest novel, The Woman with the Blue Star.

Sadie is eighteen years-old when she and her parents are forced to flee into the sewer tunnels of Krakow to avoid being captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp. Pawel, a handyman who Sadie's father showed kindness to, repays him by hiding Sadie's family and an Orthodox family- a father, his adult son Saul, and his elderly mother- in the sewer and bringing them small stores of food when he can.

They escaped with few belongings, and are forced to live in a cramped area of the sewer. The smell is atrocious, and the boredom is nearly as bad as the fear of being discovered by the Nazis. One day, Sadie wanders to the sewer grate and on the street above, her eyes meet a woman close in age to her.

Ella peers down and she is shocked to see Sadie. Ella's father is deceased, and she lives with her stepmother, a woman who entertains German soldiers in the family home, much to Ella's disgust. Ellas's stepmother reminds her repeatedly that she can kick Ella out of her home anytime she wishes.

Ella decides that she must help Sadie, even if it puts her own life in jeopardy. She brings Sadie food, and they form a deep friendship. Ella even takes things further, becoming involved in the resistance movement, risking her own life.

Jenoff based her novel on the true stories of Jewish people who hid in the sewer tunnels in Krakow during the war. I had never heard these stories, and she does an admirable job placing the reader right down there with Sadie and the others. You can feel the claustrophobic atmosphere surrounding you as you read, and wonder if you yourself would have the courage to do what Sadie and Ella did.

At its heart, The Woman with the Blue Star is a story of the bond of friendship that bring two young women together, and the courage they show, in the face of grave danger. The amazing resilience of the human spirit is on full display as well. Fans of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale will want to add this to their To-Be-Read list.

Thanks to Harlequin for putting me on Pam Jenoff's tour. ( )
  bookchickdi | May 23, 2021 |
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