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On February 16,1944, Anne Frank recorded in her diary that Peter, whom she at first disliked but eventually came to love, had confided to 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 past. But when The Diary of a Young Girl is published to worldwide acclaim and gives rise to bitter infighting, he realises 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 vel about the memory of death, the death of memory, and the inescapability of the past. 'This is a brave vel in the strongest sense of the word, carefully treading mined terrain to thought-provoking and memorable effect' Observer 'In this thoughtful vel, Feldman imagines how Peter's life might have turned out had he survived the war. It's an account of his struggle to deal with the past in the face of public obsession with the girl he loved. Fascinating and moving' New Woman 'An inventive postscript to the famous story' Financial Times
Ellen Feldman is the author of Lucy and has written about American history in American Heritage and the New York Times . She lives in New York with her husband.