Margot

Margot

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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
1594486433
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 21 cm

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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!

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jerksister1
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!

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TheresaAJ
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.

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johncruse
May 13, 2015

A MAGNIFICENT, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK.

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emma_pfeifer
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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gcervant
Feb 07, 2015

This is an easy read, but it's truly the unique story line that makes the reading go by even more quickly. The idea that a historical figure, who should, by all accounts, be dead, but really isn't, is an interesting concept. Margot's tortured existence, ridden with guilt, makes the reader really cheer for a happy ending that may never be realized.

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molmil8
Feb 18, 2014

Fiction based on history. I like the writing style; clear and concise. I also like the story. I liked this book; but I would have loved it had the author not lapsed into Harlequin Romance mode every so often.

KateHillier Jan 19, 2014

Revisionist history tends me make me wary but seeing this one in our library's new acquisitions made me curious.

In the world of this book Margot Frank survived the Holocaust and is now living in Philadelphia as a Gentile legal secretary named Margie Franklin. She wears a sweater at all times to cover her branded number from the camps and her late sister's diary has just been turned into a movie. Margot/Margie spends most of the book wound up tighter than a spring - the movie has brought back the past she is trying to hide and has never really dealt with. She's probably got some form of PTSD for sure and is also suffering under the strain of lying and hiding for so long. Her guilt is immense as is her pain and does nothing but illustrate exactly how inconceivable the Holocaust is to anyone who did not have to live through it.

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KarenKilbride
Nov 03, 2013

This was a sad book, but I couldn't put it down. The premise of Anne Frank's sister not dying, but escaping and moving to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, was thought provoking. Especially when the book and movie about her sister come out.

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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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