Dec 4, 2017


jillian cantor.

Publisher Riverhead Books.
Publication Date: September 3,2013.
Genre:  Historical  Fiction.
Format|Pages: Paperback|338.
      Source:  Goodreads|Library.


Anne Frank has long been a symbol of bravery and hope, but there were two sisters hidden in the annex, two young Jewish girls, one a cultural icon made famous by her published diary and the other, nearly forgotten.

In the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has just come to the silver screen to great acclaim, and a young woman named 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 Franklin 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. A new relationship threatens to overtake the young love that sustained her during the war, and her past and present begin to collide. Margie is forced to come to terms with Margot, with the people she loved, and with a life swept up into the course of history 

I remember reading The Diary Of Anne Frank in my English class when I was in high school, and even though a tough subject, I loved the book. I remember that I even ended up re-reading the novel couple more times. I did, however always wondered about her older sister, Margot, I couldn’t help but not to. When I came across MARGOT and realized that book was about Anne’s sister, Margot if she had survived, I was curious. I couldn’t help but let the curiosity get the best of me. Once I started reading the book, I was drawn into the story within the first few sentence. There were still a small part of me that felt that she did not escape, she was still hiding. Her name, her religion. I could imagine what would happen if she were discovered, if her real name was discovered. I can understand why she went under different name and why she hid, considering what she went through. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must been to go through what she went through. To have those memories come surface back especially after Diary Of Anne Frank came to the big screen. I wondered if the truth was discovered, and what Joshua and Shelby would think.

I could tell from beginning, there was a special connection between Margot and Joshua, that went beyond her being his secretary. Fact, how much he trusted her with this secret case, and it was as if he knew, that she would help him. I knew that Margie would do anything that Joshua would ask her, I had this feeling that she didn’t have it in her to say no to him, even if she wanted to. In the end, she still ended up helping her. I know that Joshua liked Margie, more than a friend, mostly by way he was always smiling at her, and how upset he got when one client wanted meet her for coffee, he was protective over her. There was more to his feelings then he was willing to admit because he didn’t think that she was Jewish. I think that even Shelby noticed, that there might be something between two of them. I was hoping that at least Joshua would find out the truth about her. So he could finally admit his feelings about her. Margie deserved happiness.

I loved the memories that Margie had about her and Anne, and Peter. There is part of me that was curious, if it happened or not. Considering that Margot’s diary was never recovered. MARGOT Was a heartbreaking story, a story that will stay with you long after you finish the last page and have you asking What happened after? at least that is the thought that ran through my head. Despite a hard subject, a beautifully written book. If you loved Diary Of Anne Frank and curious about her older sister, MARGOT Is a book you will fall in love with.


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