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The Lost Girls of Paris

By Pam Jenoff


PBR Book Review:

Our local library hosted a book signing for Pam Jenoff's new book The Lost Girls of Paris. Happily, I was able to grab a signed copy of the book, and for the second time, hear her speak. Once again the event was fantastic! She's such an accomplished woman and a true inspiration. Hearing an author talk about their book always adds a new dimension to my reading experience.

It makes me feel more connected to the characters and the story and is helpful when reading for a Book Club. This was undoubtedly the case for The Lost Girls of Paris which is about a group of ordinary women recruited to join an all-female spy network. The women were amazing and clearly ahead of their time tackling a dangerous job meant for a man during WWII. After being sent behind enemy lines, some never return home. The question is, what happened to them? It was impressive reading about their bravery and patriotic spirit. This book is filled with espionage, mystery, and history. It would make an excellent selection for a Book Club and sure to provide a living discussion


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1. The title, The Lost Girls of Paris, refers to twelve female intelligence agents who disappeared while on their missions overseas. But the title has greater significance as well. In what ways are the three lead characters—Grace, Marie, and Eleanor—lost, and how are they ultimately found?

2. The women in the novel defied common conventions about gender during the 1940s. How do you think the characters’ experiences might have been different if they lived in today’s world? In what ways might their experiences be similar?

3. Grace, Marie, and Eleanor have very different backgrounds and come from very different worlds. But what are some commonalities between them and their stories? Which of the three women did you relate to most closely and why?

4. Bravery and sacrifice are important themes throughout the book. In what ways did you see these themes playing out in each of the storylines?

5. Why do you think the mystery of the suitcase and its contents resonated so powerfully with Grace? If you found a mysterious suitcase abandoned in a train station, like Grace does, what would you do?

6. War makes ordinary people do extraordinary things – whether it’s going to great lengths to survive, or sacrificing one’s own life to save others. What impacts does the war have on the characters in the book? How might the characters’ lives unfolded differently had the war not happened?

7. Each of the women in the book are put in a position of having to make a choice. Were there things you wished the women had done differently throughout the book or did you agree with their decisions?

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Book Summary
1946, Manhattan

One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.

Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.
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