I thought “Margot” had a very interesting premise: that Anne Frank’s older sister Margot actually didn’t die in the Holocaust. Now living in America, Margot calls herself Margie in an effort to keep her true identity a secret. Margot deals not only with the aftermath of persecution from the Nazis, but also living in her sister’s shadow as the movie “The Diary of Anne Frank” becomes an international sensation. The author’s note at the end of the book, and her passion for Margot, made me like the story even more.
The writing was good, I read this very quickly due to the interesting premise. Margot recalled memories of living in the attic and when she fell in love with Peter, but her world was destroyed when she was sent to the concentration camps. Margot also harbored very complicated feelings toward her father, and his decision to publish Anne’s book. These revelations made her an interesting character, and that aspect of the book was my favorite. Margot’s current life as a secretary, and her involvement with other European Jews living in America helped to complicate her life and feelings toward Anne’s book and move. I was slightly perplexed that Margot ran everywhere when she became upset, but I went with it. I liked this book more and more after I finished it and reflected on the themes of forgiveness and love. Cantor tied everything up very nicely, and the ending made it worth reading.
Overall, this was a good book, and despite the subject, it was a light read. I can’t wait for more from this author.