Margot by Jillian Cantor

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Wow. I did not have high expectations going into this book– Cantor takes on a serious challenge, change history and tell the story the sister of one of the world’s most recognized diarists. And let me tell you, she pulls it off with grace, solid writing, and compassion for her characters. Margot, which imagines the “what if” life of Anne Frank‘s older sister, transports readers to 1950’s Philadelphia where Margot, now Margie Franklin, has attempted to rebuild her life.  For those that have ever encountered the complexities of sibling love/rivalry, the complex feelings Margie has towards her sister will ring true.

What I appreciated most about the book was the tasteful way in which Cantor approaches her re-write of history. She creates beautiful, believable characters, and treats her subjects with respect. I greatly admire the fact that she sought to make her novel multi-dimensional, and not a flimsy foray into historical revision.

SPOILER:
I also want to note, while typically not a fan of happy endings, I was very pleased that Cantor grants Margie/Margot one. If you are concerned about picking up this book and dealing with a soul-crushing ending, have no worries.

A must-read for fall.

Available from Amazon.com

xo The Book Bird