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The Woman With the Blue Star

Two young women, one Jewish and one Polish, form an unlikely and dangerous friendship against the backdrop of World War II.

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<club-desc-paragraph>It’s 1942, and the horrific conditions of Poland’s Nazi-occupied Kraków Ghetto are only getting worse. Forced to seek refuge, 18-year-old Sadie and her pregnant mother retreat to the sewer tunnels beneath the city. One day, Sadie locks eyes with a young Polish woman through a grate in the street. The two form a close and unlikely friendship—one that will be tested amidst the unspeakable dangers and chaos of war. Join author Pam Jenoff as she explores the enduring power of friendship and human resilience, as well as the true story that inspired her work.<club-desc-paragraph>

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<club-landing-h3>Living & Writing<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Pam talks about her experience working as a diplomat in Poland and the pivotal moment when she realized it was time to explore her life-long dream of being a novelist. Later, she talks about her research process.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Crafting Truth from Fiction<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Pam speaks about the pressure to be accurate in historical fiction, finding ideas for her books, and the true story that inspired The Woman With the Blue Star.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Testing Your Character<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Pam reveals what she believes is the core of her novel and talks about how her characters are tested and changed by shifting circumstances in the time of war.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>People & Perspectives<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Pam speaks about the challenge of writing multiple perspectives. She describes her experience writing and revising during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she also explores how love and romance function in her novels.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Exploring Powerful Themes<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Pam talks about her novel’s primary themes of perseverance, resilience, and trust and how they show up in the plot for each character.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Epilogue: A Shocking Twist<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Pam discusses how she crafted the book’s final twist. She also talks about why it took Sadie’s sister so long to achieve her goal.<club-landing-paragraph>

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