Jezebel is self-righteously fuming about an allegedly sexy new book about Anne Frank, Sharon Dogar's Annexed, being published in this country in October by Houghton. Sadie, the Jezebel columnist, does not seem to remember Anne's diary very well ("If you've read the original diaries, you'll recall that Anne and Peter's relationship consists of a lot of talking, a growing affection, and a chaste kiss"), which was Twi-lite steamy in its original published version, and even more so in subsequent unexpurgated editions. More to the point, Sadie hasn't even read Dogar's book but feels free to fulminate against it because it portrays Anne and fellow hider Peter van Pels having sex.
Except--spoiler alert--that it doesn't. Dogar's book, which I'll be reviewing in the September issue of the Magazine, is a daring and intense version of the Anne Frank story told from Peter's point of view. It's quite a tightrope act--while Dogar freely speculates on what Peter may have said and felt and done, she does so while keeping Anne's diary alive, well, and uncontradicted. Unlike Sadie, Dogar clearly read before she wrote.