“Gillham is a powerful storyteller, and Annelies is marbled with spare eloquence that captures the absurdity of life after the camps.... A novel that reminds the world to remember Anne Frank is most welcome.” (USA Today)
“A haunting what-if.” (Georgia Hunter, New York Times best-selling author of We Were the Lucky Ones)
“Not only a poignant reminder of all that was lost during the war, but a vivid, searching exploration of what it meant to exist in the aftermath.” (Jessica Shattuck, New York Times best-selling author of The Women in the Castle)
From the author of City of Women, a powerful new novel that asks the question: What if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust?
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 history’s darkest moments. But she was also a person - 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 woman - and the writer - she might have become.
What the critics say
“Gillham is a powerful storyteller, and Annelies is marbled with spare eloquence that captures the absurdity of life after the camps...a novel that reminds the world to remember Anne Frank is most welcome.” (USA Today)
“In this haunting what-if, David Gillham asks us to reflect on the quandary of how one learns - in the unimaginable wake of the Holocaust - to live again, shedding a powerful, human light on the tragedy of lost potential.” (Georgia Hunter, New York Times best selling author of We Were the Lucky Ones)
“Gillham has given Annelies Marie Frank the life so brutally taken from her, in the process honoring all the ‘Annes’ who were lost in the Holocaust.... Gillham’s beautifully crafted novel is a respectful tribute to the creative and passionate writer who died so young.... Frank’s life thereafter is so vividly realized that readers will have to keep reminding themselves this is fiction. Highly recommended for admirers of literary historical fiction such as Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelley’s Lilac Girls.” (Library Journal)