The Woman with the Blue Star (Paperback)

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"1942, Krakau, Poland, life was miserable, food scarce and death was a way of life. Here starts a harrowing Holocaust story with a twist to also show the capacity to live and fight while dealing with terrible crulty.  The bravery and sacrific of the unlikely friendship of 2 young woman, Sadie Gault, a Jew hiding for her life in the sewers and Ella Stepanek, the rich Polish step-daughter of a Nazi collaborator is extraordinary. Their separate worlds collide from a chance meeting at a sewer grate where Sadie lives in the rat infested underground and Ella is shopping above the cobblestones at the outdoor food market.  This book, while historical fiction, was inspired by the true story of a small group of Jews who survived WWll while living underground rather than being forced from the ghetto's and going to the work camps.  Pam Jenoff shows life is bitter, but also there is friendship and love at a time when that seems impossible. I could actually feel the fear and horror as I continued to turn each page of this amazing story with an ending I never saw coming. Don't miss reading this remarkable story!"

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May 2021 Indie Next List

“In The Woman With the Blue Star, Jenoff continues to showcase herself as one of the masters of historical fiction, deftly intertwining emotional power with historical accuracy. Much like The Lost Girls of Paris, this is one our customers will be coming back for again and again.”
— Alex Brubaker, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg, PA


"An emotional novel that you will never forget." --Lisa Scottoline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eternal

From the author of The Lost Girls of Paris comes a riveting tale of courage and unlikely friendship during World War II -- Now a New York Times bestsller

1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents in the Krak w Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous tunnels beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.

Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it's a girl hiding.

Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by incredible true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is an unforgettable testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.

Highly recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, CNN, BookTrib, Goodreads, Betches, AARP, Frolic, SheReads, and more
Product Details
ISBN: 9780778389385
ISBN-10: 0778389383
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: May 4th, 2021
Pages: 336
Language: English