The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff
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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 Harrington, two fiercely independent attor­neys who find themselves slowly falling for one another while working to defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of World War II–era war crimes.

The defendant, wealthy financier Roger Dykmans, mysteri­ously refuses to help in his own defense, revealing only that proof of his innocence lies within an intricate timepiece last seen in Nazi Germany. As the narrative moves from Philadelphia to Germany, Poland, and Italy, we are given glimpses of the lives that the anniversary clock has touched over the past century, and learn about the love affair that turned a brother into a traitor.

Rich in historical detail, Jenoff’s astonishing new work is a testament to true love under the worst of circumstances.


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About Pam Jenoff

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Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including the international bestseller The Kommandant's Girl, which also earned her a Quill Award nomination. Pam lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her partner on the case is the starchy Jack Warrington, younger brother of Brian, the slick lawyer who broke Charlotte's heart years ago by leaving her for another woman when Charlotte was caring for her ill mother, but who shows up out of the blue to ask her to drop everything and go to Europe.

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Publishers Weekly

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Along the way, Jordan encounters Ari Bruck, a seductive mystery man who might be a Mossad agent, and Nicole Short, an elegant blonde who apparently runs in the same circles as Jared.

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Publishers Weekly

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Two lawyers argue, fall in love, and unravel a tragic historical mystery in Jenoff's (The Kommandant's Girl) solid latest novel of lovers and loners struggling to find happiness despite social injustice and complicating emotions.

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I wanted to shake Charlotte for not being able to get over her college romance - most of us have those, break up, and move on.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Spanning many decades this book trace the lives of two brothers.

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Historical Novel Society

The narrative alternates between Charlotte and Jack’s investigations in Poland and Italy in 2009, the making of the clock in 1903, a younger Roger’s experiences in Breslau in the 1940s, falling in love with his brother’s wife, and a young woman named Anneke’s attempt to leave East Berlin in the 1...

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Newcity Lit

Despite the muscular arms that suggested a threat on the basketball court, he conveyed an air of vulnerability that implied he might cry at a chick flick and made women want to take care of him.” Charlotte is a beautiful woman, despite her “knit pantsuit.” Jenoff’s prose is, at best, merely s...

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The Jewish Chronicle

Charlotte - the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor - is a student of post-war European history.

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