What if Anne Frank had survived? What if she never died in a
concentration camp and instead was reunited with her father and had
to pick up the pieces left of her life? Having to deal with a life without
her mother and sister. Her life as a writer seems like a pointless dream
and her diary lost forever. How can she see forward when so much in
her life is bleak and she has lost so much?
In BOOK, David R Gillham
imagines what Anne's life would have been. How she has to deal with
survivors guilt as well as teenage angst. Her anger towards everyone
around her and the sense of having lost everything worth living for. It's
a strong book and I especially liked how the author dealt with Anne's
survivor's guilt and trying to be a normal teenager. She lives with the
guilt that manifests in her seeing and talking with her sister. Her
relationship with her father is strained, especially since he doesn't want
to look back, just move forward. And she can't. She can't let go of the
I have never read Anne Frank's Diary, but of course, I know her life
story. So, it's interesting imagining a world where she lived. Would she
have made such an impact if she had lived? It's a memorable book that
I warmly recommend fans of historical fiction to read.
A powerful and deeply humane new novel that asks the
question: What if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust?
The year is 1945, and Anne Frank is sixteen years old.
Having survived the concentration camps, but lost her mother
and sister, she reunites with her father, Pim, in newly
liberated Amsterdam. But itâ€™s not as easy to fit the pieces
of their life back together. Anne is adrift, haunted by the
ghosts of the horrors they experienced, while Pim is fixated
on returning to normalcy. Her beloved diary has been lost,
and her dreams of becoming a writer seem distant and
As Anne struggles to overcome the brutality of memory and
build a new life for herself, she grapples with heartbreak,
grief, and ultimately the freedom of forgiveness. A story of
trauma and redemption, Annelies honors Anne Frankâ€™s
legacy as not only a symbol of hope and perseverance, but
also a complex young woman of great ambition and heart.
Anne Frank is a cultural icon whose diary painted a vivid
picture of the Holocaust and made her an image of humanity
in one of historyâ€™s darkest moments. But she was also a
personâ€”a precocious young girl with a rich inner life and
tremendous skill as a writer. In this masterful new novel,
David R. Gillham explores with breathtaking empathy the
womanâ€”and the writerâ€”she might have become.