The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach

by Pam Jenoff

On Sale: 24/02/2020

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About the Book

An intoxicating novel of love and redemption during a time of war, from the international bestselling author of The Kommondant's Girl.

Young Adelia Monteforte begins the summer of 1941 aboard a crowded ship bound for America, utterly alone yet free of Fascist Italy. Whisked away to the seaside by her well-meaning aunt and uncle, she slowly begins to adapt to her new life. That summer, she basks in the noisy affection of the boisterous Irish-Catholic boys next door, and although she adores all four of the Connally brothers, it's the eldest, Charlie, she pines for. But all hopes for a future together are throttled by the creep of war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home.

Needing to distance herself from grief, Addie flees – first to Washington and then London, where the bombs still scream by night – and finds a position at a prestigious newspaper. More so, she finds a purpose. A voice. And perhaps even a chance to redeem lost time, lost family – and lost love. But the past, never far behind, nips at her heels, demanding to be reckoned with. And in a final, fateful choice, Addie discovers that the way home may be a path she never suspected.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781867202462
  • ISBN 10: 1867202468
  • Imprint: Mira - AU
  • On Sale: 24/02/2020
  • Pages: 384
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary

Biography

Pam was born in Maryland and raised in southern New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended George Washington University in Washington D.C., where she earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in international affairs, with minors in history and Japanese. She then received her master's in history from Cambridge University in England. 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 organizationsHaving 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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