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1959. Margie Franklin is working in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish law firm. On the surface she lives a quiet life, but Margie has a secret: a life she once lived, a past and a religion she has denied, and a family and a country she left behind. Margie is really Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who did not die in Bergen-Belsen as reported, but who instead escaped the Nazis for America. But now, as her sister becomes a global icon, Margie's carefully constructed American life begins to fall apart.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2013.
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781594486432
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 21 cm


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Feb 02, 2020

excellent read.

Feb 01, 2020

A great read. Very interesting, especially after reading The Diary of a Young Girl, it gives you the point of view of Margot, Anne Frank's sister and what would have happened if she survived. An amazing book.

The Between the Lines Book Group will be reading Margot in July 2020.

Mar 05, 2019

What was the purpose of writing this book? It is about real person-sister of Anne Frank, Margot, inventing by author what and how it would be if Margot survive and escape to America. And how she, Margot, could envy of her sister's popularity because of a "Diary of Anne Frank"

CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

Margie Franklin is a secretary for a Jewish law firm in Philadelphia. It’s 1959, and she prizes her quiet life, and doesn’t want anyone to know that she is really Margot Frank, the older sister of Anne Frank.

racing14 May 21, 2016

What if you could write your own version of history?
The premise of this book was intriguing. Almost reads like a true account. Very well written and a great imaginative story.
A great selection for book clubs!

Jan 10, 2016

This is the second book I read by Jillian Cantor and I really enjoy her writing. Such an interesting idea for a story- what if Margot Frank survived and was living in the U.S.? Cantor's interpretation of this story is so heartbreaking at times and yet you hope for so much for Margot. A very good read!

Nov 23, 2015

This original novel explores what might have happened if Margot Frank, Anne's sister, had survived the Holocaust. The story opens in 1959 with Margo, now Margie Franklin, working as a secretary in a Jewish law firm in Philadelphia. Anne's diary has been published and the movie just released. These events spark feelings and emotions that Margie has been trying to suppress for 15 years. This fast-moving story has underlying themes on survivor's guilt and the truth of memories. It'd be great for book club discussions.

May 13, 2015


Mar 31, 2015

I loved reading this book so much! I read it well into the night. It was impossible to set down. I would recommend this to everyone. It's well written and goes with Margot's true story. I found it very interesting to hear about what might have happened if she did survive the war.

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APlazek Oct 10, 2013

Margot explores an alternate ending to one of literature's classics -- The Diary of Anne Frank. What if her sister Margot had survived the war and escaped to America?
Would her recollections of their time spent in the annex mirror Anne's or would looking at that time through Margot's more pragmatic view make Anne's writing more fanciful and imaginative, especially when it come to Peter.

Margot is set in Philadelphia in 1959 against the movie release of The Diary of Anne Frank. Margot Frank is now living as Margie Franklin, a christian and has managed to completely hide her past that haunts her. When her boss, a Jewish lawyer takes on a case involving discrimination against Jews she begins to realize she cannot hide from her past.


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