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Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff is the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Orphan's Tale, a powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II. Pam's previous titles include The Kommandant's Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award, as well as The Winter Guest, The Diplomat's Wife, The Ambassador’s Daughter, Almost Home, A Hidden Affair and The Things We Cherished. She also authored a short story in the anthology Grand Central: Original Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion. Her next book, The Lost Girls of Paris, will be published in February 2019.

Pam attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor.

Following her work at the Pentagon, Pam moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Pam developed close relations with the surviving Jewish community.

Pam left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for several years as a labor and employment attorney both at a firm and in-house in Philadelphia and now teaches law school at Rutgers. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

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THE ORPHAN’S TALE is a magical carnival saga... Jenoff has written a tribute to the human spirit that soars in the midst of epic despair.
— NPR Book Review

Talks and Topics

  • The Orphan's Tale - Author Presentation
  • For Book Clubs
  • Faith & Fiction: My Journey to Becoming a Writer
  • Holocaust and Post-Holocaust Issues
  • Polish-Jewish Relations
  • The Writing Process
  • Writer Mom with a Day Job (Work/Life Balance)
The Orphan’s Tale begins with the most riveting first chapter I’ve ever read. With deftness and emotion, Jenoff sets in motion a compelling story of friendship and courage during the Second World War.
— Charles Belfoure, author of THE PARIS ARCHITECT


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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • Oct 2018: Cumberland County College, One Book One College - Vineland, NJ

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