- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 494 KB
- Print Length: 372 pages
- Publisher: Mira (1 July 2012)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00963KKAC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 128 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
After Cambridge, Pam 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 bombings and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne, Belgium and Corregidor in the Philippines.
Following her work at the Pentagon, Pam then became a foreign service officer with the State Department and was assigned to the U.S. consulate in Krakow, Poland, for more than two years. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust by working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland and developing close relations with the surviving Jewish community. Pam remains involved in Polish-Jewish issues by publishing articles and serving as an advisor to various organizations
Having left the foreign service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Pam now lives in Philadelphia where she works as an attorney. She has done extensive pro bono and civic work focusing on at-risk youth, hunger relief and homelessness. When not writing novels or practicing law, Pam enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, cheering on her Philadelphia Eagles, reading, traveling and participating in running and other sports (she is a second-degree black belt in karate)
The Kommandant's Girl was her first novel.
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As an Eastern European Jew, Marta endured horrible circumstances at Dachau. When she was finally rescued during the liberation of inmates at various prison camps, it was a young American soldier who found her. Unfortunately, Marta's life continued to be dogged by tragedy and pain. Her journey, beyond these times, becomes quite intriguing and important, depicting her as a survivor with tremendous resilience. Marta was indelibly marked by her past experiences, so of course, she came across as introspective, stoic and even harsh. Another effect of her past saw her dwelling inside her mind for long periods and her memories/reflections were a big part of the story.
My only criticisms of the narrative were - the conclusion needed more work, there were a lot of coincidences making it appear a little contrived at times and I was unaware of a prequel.
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I really enjoyed Kommandant's Girl (although was very uncomfortable with the ethics of building what is essentially a love story on a charismatic and sexy Nazi...) and I don't know whether other people felt the same way but certainly here Jenoff has an American as her 'hero' fighting the Soviets in the aftermath of WW2/start of the Cold War.
Marta is far less interesting as a character than Emma/Anna and her narrative voice is the same; and many of the plot points remain unchanged: the woman pregnant by one man, married to another; the idea of a woman 'forced' into a sexual relationship (although both the reasons and the emotions are very different here) etc. So this is a kind of re-run of the first book in my view but with all the moral ambiguities that made the KG so interesting now ironed out. The plot also unfortunately gets increasingly silly so that it was quite difficult to stifle the giggles at the end...
This is an easy and engaging read, but while KG resonated in my mind after finishing it, this one is quite forgettable. However it does bring a closure to the story started in KG so if you want to know how Emma/Jacob's story ends, it's here.