Linda Zagon (Lindas Book Obsession) Reviews “The Woman With The Blue Star” by Pam Jenoff, Park Row Books, May 4, 2021
WOW! Kudos to Pam Jenoff, the author of “The Woman With The Blue Star” for such a memorable, heart-wrenching, and thought-provoking novel. This is one of the best Historical Fiction books, certainly in 2021 that captures the tragedies, horrors, life and death of World War Two in the Krakow Ghetto. I have read many of Pam Jenoff’s books, and she is a master writer, and storyteller that vividly describes the characters, events, and landscape of the time period. I appreciate the hours of dedicated and detailed research that the author has to do. The time period in this novel is set in 1942, and goes to the past and future, when it pertains to the characters and events. The author describes the complex and complicated characters, and contrasts the good vs. the evil.
Can you imagine the only chance to survive during the hell of war, is by living and hiding in the sewers of the city? Think of the raw sewage, the rats, the flooding, the smells that you have to ignore. Sadie Gault is 18 years old, and with her family is forced to hide in the sewers. Her mother is pregnant, and food is scarce. If the Germans discover them, they will be killed. One of the Polish men has risked his life to save theirs.
Sadie has tremendous anxiety and energy. She gazes through the grates and sees a girl, Ella Stepanek buying flowers. Ella notices Sadie. Ella is a very wealthy Polish girl living with her stepmother, who has alliances with the Germans. Will Sadie find a friend that can help her?
I highly recommend this captivating, intriguing, poignant, and memorable book for all readers. This is based on true events! It is a testament and reminder that we can never forget! Pam Jenoff has written such a thought-provoking book!