Meet Mimi: Reclusive literary legend. Wrote Pulitzer- and National Book Award winning novel at nineteen. Hasn t been seen or heard from much since, though, ironically, she lives in a glass mansion in Bel Air. Lost all her money in a Ponzi scheme, needs to write another novel. So her publisher sends her . . . Alice Whitley: Editorial assistant. Twenty-five years old. Highly competent. Thinks she s going to be typing up pages and delivering cups of coffee. Instead finds that her primary job is to be companion to . . . Frank: Mimi s nine-year-old son. A boy with the intellect of Albert Einstein, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth graders. About to give Alice the education of her life.
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow & Company , September 2016
Product Dimensions: 7.9 L × 5.3 W × 0.8 H
Publisher Marketing: A sparkling talent makes her fiction debut with this infectious novel that combines the charming pluck of Eloise, the poignant psychological quirks of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the page-turning spirit of Where d You Go, Bernadette. Reclusive literary legend M. M. Mimi Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she s put to work right away as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders. As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank s father is, how his gorgeous piano teacher and itinerant male role model Xander fits into the Banning family equation and whether Mimi will ever finish that book. Full of heart and countless only-in-Hollywood moments, Be Frank with Me is a captivating and unconventional story of an unusual mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who finds herself irresistibly pulled into their unforgettable world.
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