Saturday, September 7, 2013

Margot by Jillian Cantor Review

Those of you who know me know I love books. I love reading them, I love writing them, and I love sharing a good book. Being new to the whole blog thing I've been afraid to review any books that I've read recently. I didn't know what I was doing, but a few weeks ago I won an ARC of Margot by Jillian Cantor. I won it during a twitter contest by the author herself.
The copy arrived signed which made me giggle giddily. I delved into it that first night and only put it down because it was 12:00 AM and I needed to get up at 3:00 AM for my paper route. Either way I was able to finish it the next night. The book was wonderful!

I pulled this blurb from the author's website: 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.

Margot was a gripping tale for me. When you read stories about people like Anne Frank, and her sister, you wonder what would have happened had they lived. I enjoyed this imagining. Margot's point of view gave me an amazing perspective on survivors guilt. It's written respectfully, and with eloquence true to human emotions. A wonderful book that I can't wait to read again.

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