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The Things We Cherished

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The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff
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Jul 10, 2012 | ISBN 9780307742421

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“Jenoff weaves an intriguing and intelligent story with a delicacy that is captivating.” —Kate Furnivall, author of The Russian Concubine
“A bittersweet story of loves old and new, of men and women trying to survive in perilous times.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Opens a provocative window onto the continuing effort to bring Nazi war criminals to justice, and the complexities involved in making legal and moral judgments decades later. . . . At once a historical mystery, a legal thriller, and a romance.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Provocative. . . . A story of human emotion, physical necessity, love and hate. The author conveys the pain of a period none can forget, and the feelings we have that can be all too painful.” —The Baltimore Jewish Times
“A skillfully rendered tale of undying love, unthinkable loss and the relentless grip of the past on the present.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Has undeniable intrigue.” —The Jewish Chronicle

“A powerful novel rich in period detail, The Things We Cherished is a fascinating contemporary and historical drama, a unique glimpse into a disappearing world, and a reminder that past and present often come together in unexpected ways.” —Booklist

Author Q&A

A note from Pam Jenoff, author of The Things We Cherished 
The inspiration for The Things We Cherished came from a unique timepiece, known as an anniversary clock, which my husband gave me for our first wedding anniversary. I was captivated by the question of where the hundred year-old clock had been and the lives it had touched. 
As I imagined its history, a tale unfolded of a couple at the turn of the century in Bavaria yearning for a better life, two brothers in Weimar Berlin wrestling with issues of Zionism and assimilation, the desperate quest of a young girl trapped behind the Iron Curtain, a forbidden love affair, and the missing antique clock that holds the truth about what really happened during the war. The clock really became a metaphor for the experience of the Jewish people and others in 20th century Europe. 
Through writing this book, I came to “cherish” the characters and their stories and I hope you will too. 

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