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Pam Jenoff


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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.

Following her work at the Pentagon, Jenoff moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. Having left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenoff is now employed as an attorney in Philadelphia, where she also does pro bono and civic work focusing on at-risk youth, hunger relief and homelessness.

Genres: Historical, Romance, Historical Romance, Mystery
 
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The Kissing Gates (2008)
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The Lost Letter (2017)
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The Cottingley Secret (2017)
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The Dutch Wife (2018)
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The Secret of Clouds (2019)
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The Things We Cannot Say (2019)
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Once More Unto the Breach (2019)
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The Fifth Column (2019)
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The Winemaker's Wife (2019)
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Home Front Girls (2019)
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The Jane Austen Society (2020)
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