Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Margot by Jillian Cantor

Everyone who’s read The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank knows that Anne and her sister, Margot, died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
But what if Margot didn’t die?
What if she somehow survived and immigrated to Philadelphia?
What if she continued to hide?
That’s the premise of Jillian Cantor’s new novel. It’s 1959, after Anne’s diary has been published, and the movie has been made. Margot has changed herself into Margie Franklin, a Christian from Poland. She works for a law firm, where she pines for her Jewish boss as they take on a Jewish discrimination case. But she really is still in hiding, in her tiny studio apartment, secretly keeping Sabboth and wearing sweaters in the heat of summer to hide her numbered tattoo.
A quiet, thoughtful novel that will get you thinking not only about all the "what-ifs" but I bet after reading it you will go back and want to read "Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank like I did!

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