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Almost Home

Almost Home

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Ten years ago, U.S. State Department intelligence officer Jordan Weiss’s idyllic experience as a graduate student at Cambridge was shattered when her boyfriend Jared drowned in the River Cam. She swore she’d never go back—until a terminally ill friend asks her to return. Jordan attempts to settle into her new life, taking on an urgent mission beside rakish agent Sebastian Hodges. Just when she thinks there’s hope for a fresh start, a former college classmate tells her that Jared’s death was not an accident—he was murdered.

Jordan quickly learns that Jared’s research into World War II had uncovered a shameful secret, but powerful forces with everything to lose will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. Soon, Jordan finds herself in grave peril as she struggles to find the answers that lie treacherously close to home, the truth that threatens to change her life forever, and the love that makes it all worth fighting for. Fast-paced and impossible to put down, Almost Home establishes Pam Jenoff as one of the best new writers in the genre.
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  • Washington Square Press | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416590705 | 
  • February 2010
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Bestselling Author Pam Jenoff: Almost Home

Jenoff's novel chronicles a young female intelligence officer thrust into a international drama dating back to the Second World War.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Almost Home includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Pam Jenoff. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


From bestselling author and Quill award nominee Pam Jenoff comes a rich and suspenseful novel about a woman who must face a past she’d rather forget in order to uncover a dangerous legacy that threatens her future.

Ten years ago, American Jordan Weiss’s idyllic experience as a graduate student and coxswain at Cambridge was shattered when her boyfriend and fellow crewmember, Jared Short, drowned in the River Cam the night before the biggest race of the year. Since that time, Jordan, now a State Department intelligence officer, has traveled the world on dangerous assignments but has managed to avoid returning to face her painful memories in England. When her terminally ill friend Sarah asks her to come to London, though, Jordan finds herself requesting a transfer to the one place she swore she’d never go again.

Jordan quickly discovers that Jared’s death indeed was see more

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Author Revealed

Q. how did you come to write Almost Home?

A. Almost Home is the culmination of a vision I've had for more than a decade. I remember traveling through Spain with two friends in the mid-nineties, lying awake in our hotel room and telling them about my idea for a book about a woman whose boyfriend had died under strange circumstances at Cambridge years earlier. Many former Cambridge students, myself included, seemed to have complex relationships with the alma mater where they had enjoyed such deeply passionate experiences, and the death I envisioned was on some level a metaphor for those relationships. I started working on the book soon thereafter, but another project of mine, The Kommandant's Girl, took off first, and so I had to put Almost Home aside for several years until that book, and its sequel, The Diplomat's Wife, were completed. But Almost Home was never far from my heart or mind, and I am overjoyed to finally see it in print!

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