Cantor, Jillian

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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
Branch Call Number: FICTION CANTO...J
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 21 cm


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Feb 07, 2015
  • gcervant rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 18, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 19, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 23, 2013

THEY. NEED. TO. MAKE. A.MOVIE.OUT.OF. THIS ! Heartbreaking story. Beautifully written. A bit slow at first but definitely worth it.

Aug 22, 2013
  • acornsandnuts rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alternate history and what-if books are a particular favorite of mine. What if Anne Frank's sister had survived, living a life hiding in plain sight in Philadelphia? What choices would she have made? How much of the story we think we all know, through the famous diary, is true? Cantor's novel MARGOT meditates on these questions in a beautifully written, perfectly spare, and truly moving story touching on how fear, secrets, memory, and family can shape our own tales.


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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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