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- Publisher: Mira Books
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 28mm | 281g
- Publication date: 16 February 2007
- Publication City/Country: Don Mills
- ISBN 10: 0778301443
- ISBN 13: 9780778301448
- Sales rank: 50,477
Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days Emma's husband, Jacob, is forced to disappear underground, leaving her imprisoned within the city's decrepit, moldering Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out. Taken to Krakow to live with Jacob's Catholic cousin, Krysia, Emma takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile. Emma's already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who hires her to work as his assistant. Urged by the resistance to use her position to access details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must compromise her safety - and her marriage vows - in order to help Jacob's cause. As the atrocities of war intensify, so does Emma's relationship with the Kommandant, building to a climax that will risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves.
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Pam Jenoff served as Vice Consul for the U.S. State Department in Krakow, Poland. She is an expert on Poland and the Holocaust, and has been honoured by numerous organisations for her scholarly work in this area. She received her master's degree in history from Cambridge University and this is her first novel.
"'...luminous... (a) breathtaking debut...' - Publisher's Weekly starred Review"