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Margot: A Novel af Jillian Cantor
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Margot: A Novel (udgave 2013)

af Jillian Cantor

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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.… (mere)
Medlem:egsanford
Titel:Margot: A Novel
Forfattere:Jillian Cantor
Info:Riverhead Trade (2013), Paperback, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Margot: A Novel af Jillian Cantor

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    Shadows of a Childhood af Elisabeth Gille (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Each of these haunting, melancholy, and moving historical novels depicts a young Jewish woman's struggle to move forward after her family's death during the Holocaust. While Margot offers rays of hope, Shadows of a Childhood takes a darker turn.… (mere)
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    A Hatred for Tulips af Richard Lourie (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: The famous diary of Holocaust victim Anne Frank inspires these two lyrical, character-driven novels. In Margot, Anne's older sister survives by hiding her Jewishness; A Hatred for Tulip explores why a desperate boy betrays the Franks to save his family.… (mere)
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What if Margot Frank, sister of Anne, did not die of typhus at Bergen-Belsen, but escaped, made her way to America, and settled in Philadelphia, keeping her arm tattoo hidden and posing as a Gentile - as she and Peter had planned back in the annex?

Margot Frank - now Margie Franklin - works as a secretary at a Jewish law firm in Philly; she has a quiet crush on her boss, Joshua; is friends with another secretary, Shelby; and lives alone with her cat. But when The Diary of Anne Frank is published, and the movie soon follows, Margie's traumatic memories resurface, and she begins to have trouble keeping her secret.

Margie thought her father Otto was dead, but with the publication of the diary, she learned that he was alive, remarried, and living in Switzerland - but she has yet to reach out to him. She is also tormented by the existence of a "P. Pelt," who she hopes could be Peter but fears is not (or is, but has married someone else).

Cantor handles her premise with sensitivity, not sentimentality. She exposes the anti-Semitism still present in America in the late 1950s, and examines the lasting trauma and survivor's guilt of Holocaust victims.

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[American Jews] will think they understand, because religion is religion, and Jews have always been a persecuted people. But you cannot understand what you cannot imagine, and they cannot really imagine it. (41)

"It does make you stop and think. How your life might have been different had you been born somewhere else in the world." (Joshua to Margie, 108)

And that is one of the worst things about this life. As a liar, a pretend person, you cannot really truly ever be someone's friend. (159)

Forgetting is easy. It is almost as easy as hiding, or keeping secrets. (177)

America is a good place hiding place, for Jews as well as Nazis - a faraway place where the war was something else, entirely different. (201)

But it strikes me how unfair it is, that you cannot be who you are, that you will be continually punished for the way you were born. (268)

I cannot tell you if this is the way it happened. I wish I could. But I cannot. (302)

Is it possible that no matter who you once were, what your past is, how terrible that past is, that you can somehow transcend it? (305)

Maybe nothing in the annex was meant to be any more than a story, a fantasy, a way to survive the horribleness of having our childhoods ripped away, our lives ripped away. (312) ( )
  JennyArch | Jun 5, 2021 |
This is really a great book. While not at all based in the actual fate of Margot Frank, the narrative is compelling beyond the initial "what if" of the premise. Margie (as she calls herself) is a sympathetic, fascinating character. A vivid portrayal of American life post-war for Jewish people. ( )
  annhepburn | Mar 4, 2018 |
I doubt that there are too many people who haven't read A Diary of Anne Frank and not cried over the loss of Anne and her family in the concentration camps of Germany near the end of WWII. First the book and then a stage play and in 1959 a movie - the story is at the top of most people's list of books about the Holocaust. Jillian Cantor takes Anne Frank's story into 'what if' territory with her book Margot! What if....Anne's sister Margot was still alive....what if she lived in Philadelphia (the city of brotherly love) as a Christian woman called Margie....what if she was still plagued with nightmares and thoughts of her family during their last years but had never contacted her father to tell him she was alive. The novel Margot takes place in 1959 as Margot struggles with how to live her life by hiding out in plain site. She has told no one who she really is but as the movie version of Anne Frank is premiering and everyone is talking about it, she finds it more difficult to hide who she is from others but most importantly from herself. Can anyone really live a contented life by denying their history and hiding who they really are? I thought that Jillian Cantor did a fantastic job of combining real history with the 'what-ifs' of fiction to make this a truly memorable novel. ( )
  susan0316 | Sep 21, 2017 |
What if Margot Frank, Anne Frank's sister, had somehow survived? What would her life be like hiding in the shadows?

http://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/2016/07/margot-by-jillian-cantor.html

Over and over again. Bryda, her voice, the smells of her terrible apartment, our shared horror, they are everything about my past that I am running from, all the things I try to avoid in my American life. And now I understand that these terrible things, they are only a bus ride away from the safety of the Jewish law firm, which in so many ways reminds me of the comforts of my childhood, before the war. This is perhaps the most terrifying thought of all.
-Jillian Cantor (Margot p 79)
This synagogue is a flat, square cement building and, I am relieved to see, almost unidentifiable as a Jewish place, except for the small green Star of David etched into the front of the wooden door. There are no large stained-glass windows, and maybe that is better. Nothing to shatter.
-Jillian Cantor (Margot p 177)
“What a creeper,” Shelby says. “Shhh,” I whisper to Shelby now. “He might hear you.” She shrugs. “What’s he going to do?” she asks. “Kill me?” It is such an American thing, to talk of death as if they are so far from it’s reach. Perhaps it is their inability to understand that murder, it is easy for some people. These people, they will kill, and they will kill again, and it will mean nothing.
-Jillian Cantor (Margot p 188)
Saturday is the Shabbat day, the day of rest. God created the universe in six days, and on the seventh day He rested. The seventh day, it is holy. I am across an ocean, a lifetime, housed within a second skin, no longer a Jew. No longer a believer in God. My candle, my whispered Hebrew prayer, my day of rest, they are a comfort in their steadiness, their ability to stay unchanged. Every single week. It is not religion; it is ritual. Religion is breath, Margot, Mother said. But what I have come to understand as I watch the lonely flicker of my candle and listen for the faintest echo of Mother’s voice is this: sometimes we breathe because we have to, not because we want to.
-Jillian Cantor (Margot p 225)
It is possible that no matter who you once were, what your past is, how terrible that past is, that you can somehow transcend it?
-Jillian Cantor (Margot p 305) ( )
  nicolewbrown | Jul 31, 2016 |
I hate when I have written a long thought out review and it does not load properly. Uugghh!!! Will repost when I have a chance to rewrite.

Okay 2nd attempt to post review.

First off I received an ARC from Shelf Awareness.

I loved the concept of this story and although it is a work of fiction, Anne Frank really did have a sister named Margot. Unfortunately like Anne, Margot died of Typhus at Bergen-Belsen death camp during the holocaust.

This story is what might have happened if Margot would have made it out alive or escaped during one of the two transfers. If she escaped she and Peter no longer wished to be Jewish and would become American gentiles.

It is set in 1950's New York and she is a secretary at a Jewish law firm and she is smitten with the lawyer she works for and he likes her but he could not love or be with her because she is not Jewish. A pro bono came they start working on together begins to open up old wounds for Margot. They are working on a possible class action lawsuit for Jewish factory workers who are being mistreated by the owners of the factory who sponsored them coming to the US. All the company wants is cheap labor they care nothing for the men and women who work for them. The young man's father is one of the main partners for the law firm and he forbids his son from going forward and doing any more work on this project. But he continues on with Margot's assistance until a terrible incident occurs that send things spiraling out of control and forces Margot to face her demons.

Can we ever really hide who we really are or where we come from?

This would be a wonderful book for book groups so many points to discuss. ( )
  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
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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.

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