Wednesday, 7 May 2014
The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff
Pam Jenoff, whose first novel, "The Kommandant's Girl," was a Quill Award finalist, a Book Sense pick, and a finalist for the ALA Sophie Brody Award, joins the Doubleday list with a suspenseful story of love and betrayal set during the Holocaust.
An ambitious novel that spans decades and continents, "The Things We Cherished "tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Harrington, two fiercely independent attorneys who find themselves slowly falling for one another while working to defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of World War II era war crimes.
The defendant, wealthy financier Roger Dykmans, mysteriously refuses to help in his own defense, revealing only that proof of his innocence lies within an intricate timepiece last seen in Nazi Germany. As the narrative moves from Philadelphia to Germany, Poland, and Italy, we are given glimpses of the lives that the anniversary clock has touched over the past century, and learn about the love affair that turned a brother into a traitor.
Rich in historical detail, Jenoff's astonishing new work is a testament to true love under the worst of circumstances. "From the Hardcover edition."
I've read several books by Jenoff but I wasn't as impressed with this one as I have been with previous ones. It seemed to take me ages to read and I wasn't as gripped by it as I'd hoped that I would've been.
This dual time story spans the time before and including World War II and the present day. It basically tells the story of two love triangles and the interrelationships between two ladies and their lovers.
The premise of the story isn't bad and will keep you reading but to me it was lacking a little compared to other similar dual time frame stories that I've read previously. 6/10