Margot: a Novel

By Jillian Cantor

“Inventive… Cantor’s ‘what-if’ tale combines historic fiction with mounting suspense and romance, yet in particular, it really is an ode to the adoration and pageant among sisters.” — Othe Oprah Magazine

A tale of sisters that imagines Anne Frank's sister Margot had survived international struggle II and was once residing in America.

Anne Frank has lengthy been a logo of bravery and wish, yet there have been sisters hidden within the annex, younger Jewish ladies, one a cultural icon made recognized by way of her released diary and the opposite, approximately forgotten.

within the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has simply come to the silver reveal to nice acclaim, and a tender girl named Margie Franklin is operating in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish legislation enterprise. at the floor she lives a quiet existence, yet Margie has a mystery: a existence she as soon as lived, a prior and a faith she has denied, and a kinfolk and a rustic she left behind.

Margie Franklin is basically Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who didn't die in Bergen-Belsen as said, yet who as a substitute escaped the Nazis for the US. yet now, as her sister turns into an international icon, Margie’s rigorously built American lifestyles starts off to crumble. a brand new courting threatens to overhaul the younger love that sustained her in the course of the conflict, and her prior and current start to collide. Margie is compelled to return to phrases with Margot, with the folk she enjoyed, and with a existence swept up into the process heritage.

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Katz? ” he asks. I giggle, the way in which I continually do whilst he turns Katze, the orange tabby, right into a Jewish-sounding guy, probably a attorney. it really is doubly humorous simply because there's a Mr. Katz who works within the district attorney’s workplace, a portly guy with a thin black mustache who makes Joshua grimace every time he has to head up opposed to him in court docket. “Mr. Katz is well,” I inform Joshua. “Getting fatter by way of the day. ” Joshua used to be the one that stumbled on him, correct after i began paintings right here. Katze used to be gaunt, crying within the again alley close to the lot the place Joshua parks his vehicle. Joshua saved him for a month until eventually he felt undesirable approximately leaving him forever to return and forth to Margate, and that was once while I volunteered to take him domestic. “I’ll need to cease by means of to go to him sometime,” Joshua says now. I nod. he's regularly asserting that, notwithstanding he hasn't ever as soon as really stopped via to go to. i'm nonetheless feeling hot from my dialog with Joshua whilst Shelby breezes in at 5 earlier 9, plunking her satchel down on her table with a thud. “Well,” she says, with out even taking a breath. “The motion picture used to be awesome. in fact. Millie Perkins used to be to die for. completely excellent for the function, for those who question me. ” “Who? ” I ask, having a look up from my typing. however the heat, it truly is already long gone, and for a second i'm chilled, even in my sweater. “You do be aware of who I’m conversing approximately, don’t you, Margie? ” I shake my head. “All paintings and no play. Very uninteresting. ” “Who did she play? ” I ask, my interest by surprise getting the higher of me. even though once the phrases are out of my mouth, i would like to take them again. “Who did she play? ” Shelby laughs. “Anne Frank herself, after all. I learn an interview together with her in McCall’s final month, and the darling girl—she used to be a version, didn’t even are looking to be an actress, yet she used to be so touched via Anne’s tale she took it on. and he or she used to be simply tremendous. to determine her and Peter . . . I approximately died i used to be crying so tough. ” My belly clenches on the sound of his identify, in her voice. She is announcing it improper, after all. no longer Peeter, Payter. “I’m telling you, Margie, you actually ignored out. ” “I’m sure,” I murmur. And Shelby appears at me and frowns as though she’s stuck directly to anything. My mendacity is a moment pores and skin by way of now, really easy to fail to remember it’s there, so I don’t never forget that mendacity is absolutely an paintings, and people who aren’t meticulous approximately it are simply uncovered. i glance up and Shelby continues to be frowning. “It’s approach too sizzling in the following for that sweater, Margie. ” at the present time i'm in a black sweater over a faded red best and a high-waisted grey skirt. “I’m quite comfortable,” I say, but if she eventually sits down at her table and starts off her typing, I reduce my head and wipe rigorously on the beads of sweat on my forehead with a handkerchief. bankruptcy 4 the remainder of THE DAY PASSES with no INCIDENT, AND the second one the clock by means of the elevator chimes five P. M. , Shelby stops her typing—maybe midsentence—turns to me, and says, “I’m assembly Peggy for dinner. are looking to come? ” Peggy is Shelby’s sister, and never simply her sister, yet her dual. they're fraternal twins, notwithstanding, in order that they glance unusually diversified.

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