Review: The Other Girl by Pam Jenoff

The Other GirlTitle: The Other Girl

Author: Pan Jenoff

Pages: 21 Pages

The Blurb

One woman’s determination to protect a child from the dangers of war will force her to face those lurking closer to home…

Life in rural Poland during WWII brings a new set of challenges to Maria, estranged from her own family and left alone with her in-laws after her husband is sent to the front. For a young, newly pregnant wife, the days are especially cold, the nights unexpectedly lonely. The discovery of a girl hiding in the barn changes everything… Hannah is fleeing the German police who are taking Jews like her to special camps. Ignoring the risk to her own life and that of her unborn child, Maria is compelled to help. But in these dark days, no one can be trusted, and soon Maria finds her courage tested in ways she never expected and herself facing truths about her own family that the quiet village has kept buried for years.

From the international bestselling author of The Kommandant’s Girl comes a searing historical companion novella to The Winter Guest

The Review

The Other Girl is a sweet short story in the ilk of The Book Thief. It is about a young pregnant girl called Maria who finds a Jewish girl hiding in her basement. The story – like a lot of texts – is showing the kindness of others in treacherous circumstances.

The Other Girl was a good story but was just a little too short. However, if the story had been fully developed Pam Jenoff would be open to criticism that her story was too similar to The Book Thief. It is definitely worth a read. It is what I like to call a commute story, one to read on the way to work.

The Other Girl by Pam Jenoff is available now.

3 Stars

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