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The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank by Ellen Feldman
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Mar 06, 08

bookshelves: 2008-read, music-widows-book-group
Read in January, 2008

One of my book groups read The Diary of Anne Frank and this novel for the same meeting... I had found a copy in a used bookstore and was intrigued by the premise... if Peter, Anne's companion and love interest during their time hiding from the Nazi's, survived, what might have happened to him? How would his new life be affected by the publication of Anne's diary, and the play and movie that followed?

In this novel, Peter makes it to the United States and reinvents a whole new life for himself. He denies he is Jewish, marries a Jewish woman, and makes a living building houses. But the veneer he has put over his past is very thin and fragile... one day, his wife comes home with a newly-published book: Anne Frank's diary, in which he is a main character. The author skillfully weaves threads connecting Peter back to the life he has wanted to forget, and Peter has to deal with having untruths revealed about his own parents through the play and movie that followed the publication of the book.
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