#57 – The Things We Cherished – Pam Jenoff

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. – Publishers Website

I have read and adored Pam’s work before,when I read Almost Home this one is another winner.  The many decades that encompasses WWII, something happens to brothers – one disappears, and the other flourishes to present day where he is charged with war crimes.  He refuses to aid in his defense; Charlotte Gold and her ex-fiancees brother are enlisted to find out the truth to hopefully have the man exonerated.  Sounds easier than it looks by far.

I was really engrossed into the plot lines and sub plots as the novel sped along in my hands.  Near the end, I was puzzled at one part where one character appears, but cannot for the life of me figure out why she is there; until of course at the end.  The book was seamless up until that point, I thought it rather abrupt, but it did made perfect sense in the end.  I did shed a few tears at the end of this novel.  It’s literary, not chick lit, so be ready.  It was good.

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