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Boy Who Loved Anne Frank

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"An appealing and inventive novel…original and cathartic."—Dana Kennedy, New York Times
On February 16, 1944, Anne Frank recorded in her diary that Peter, whom she at first disliked but eventually came to love, had confided in her that if he got out alive, he would reinvent himself entirely. This is the story of what might have happened if the boy in hiding survived to become a man.
Peter arrives in America, the land of self-creation; he flourishes in business, marries, and ...

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The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank: A Novel

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Overview

"An appealing and inventive novel…original and cathartic."—Dana Kennedy, New York Times
On February 16, 1944, Anne Frank recorded in her diary that Peter, whom she at first disliked but eventually came to love, had confided in her that if he got out alive, he would reinvent himself entirely. This is the story of what might have happened if the boy in hiding survived to become a man.
Peter arrives in America, the land of self-creation; he flourishes in business, marries, and raises a family. He thrives in the present, plans for the future, and has no past. But when The Diary of a Young Girl is published to worldwide acclaim and gives rise to bitter infighting, he realizes the cost of forgetting.
Based on extensive research of Peter van Pels and the strange and disturbing life Anne Frank's diary took on after her death, this is a novel about the memory of death, the death of memory, and the inescapability of the past. Reading group guide included.

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
“Engaging and morally questioning . . . for those who have read only the diary or seen the play or movie, the novel will prompt them to think about her and a host of larger questions in new ways.”
American Heritage Publishing Staff
“An audacious novel . . . whose sensational theme never tarnishes the passion and delicacy with which Feldman tells her gripping story.”
Stephen J Lyons - Chicago Tribune
“A powerful testament to the permanence of war’s imprint on the innocent, and how that experience defines a life forever.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393327809
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/22/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 374,653
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Feldman is the author of the novels Lucy and The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank. She writes for the American Heritage Web site and is a sought-after speaker. She lives in New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    Freedom from the past ,,,freedom for the future

    Interesting and brave book that deals with the premise that Peter lived,and what he did with that life as as survivor.It fascinated me how the character repressed and then discovered truths both real and some distorted about himself and family. Would recommend this book, it has a lot to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    A must read!

    Man, when I first saw my dad's girlfriend read it, I told her that she had to let me borrow it. I really got into this book, and I couldn't even stop reading it! I really wish that it wasn't a novel, but the real thing that happenend to him. I even forgot that Ellen even wrote the book! I totally recommend this book, but not for anyone who is under 12. All I have to say for this book is: OUTSTADING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2005

    Definitely a worthwhile read

    I loved this book. I could not put it down and read it in one sitting. It intermingles so much of the 'Diary' and his imagnined life that you get truly engrossed in believing it's real.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    A Bit of a Let Down

    I recently read this title with my book club. This book could have been a really great story. The concept was fabulous.I wish the author would have spent more time on Peter's past life or with his current family life. Peter seems more focused on his mental problems than anything else. The 'Diary of Anne Frank' is such a well known story. This book will benefit from the association, but is a bit of a let down.

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