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Annelies

A Novel
Written by: David R. Gillham
Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 16 years old. Having survived the concentration camps but lost her mother and sister, she reunites with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. But it’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 pointless now. 

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 Frank’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 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.

©2019 David R. Gillham (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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)

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