Author Profile

Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff

 Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she 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 bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor.

Following her work at the Pentagon, Pam moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Pam developed close relations with the surviving Jewish community.

Pam left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for several years as a labor and employment attorney both at a firm and in-house in Philadelphia and now teaches law school at Rutgers.

Pam is the author of The Kommandant's Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award, as well as The Diplomat's Wife, The Ambassador’s Daughter, Almost Home, A Hidden Affair, and The Things We Cherished and The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach.

Her most recent novel, The Orphan's Tale, has been described as The Nightingale meets Water for Elephants: a powerful novel of friendship and sacrifice, set in a traveling circus during World War II.

She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

"Pam Jenoff was selected to be the keynote speaker for the Dallas Jewish Book Fest. Due to Pam, this event was attended by over 300 people. Pam's lively presentation and engaging style captivated the audience completely. Due to her extensive State Department experience, Pam's ability to write historical fiction and deliver an amazing presentation are unmatched."
-- Andrea Peskind Katz , Great Thoughts

"The event was wonderful! Pam is just delightful and such a dynamic, moving speaker. We were very pleased with her presentation. Loved her and will recommend her and you to other libraries!"
-- Peggy Kitchel, Grosse Point Library

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Reviews of The Kommandant's Girl

... an insightful portrait of people forced into an untenable situation.
-- Booklist,

... luminous simplicity... This is historical romance at its finest.
-- Publishers Weekly,

Videos featuring Pam Jenoff

Bestselling Author Pam Jenoff: Almost Home