Jenoff explores hidden bits of World War II through the eyes of two women who end up in an unlikely place. Noa, a 17-year-old Dutch girl, finds herself in Germany when her family kicks her out for becoming pregnant by a German soldier. Astrid finds herself back in Darmstadt when her SS husband divorces her for being Jewish. When both are taken in by the Neuhoff Circus, their paths collide. Told through alternating viewpoints, their fates intertwine until a fatal accident separates them forever. Jenoff uses deft characterization and rapid plotting to illustrate how war changes lives forever. This book is the January 2020 selection for the Willa Cather Book Club.

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