On Sale: February 2, 2016
Featuring: M. M. â€śMimiâ€ť Banning
Hardcover / e-Book
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Contemporary | Women's Fiction
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 Whereâ€™d You Go,
Reclusive literary legend M. M.
â€śMimiâ€ť Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for
years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi
scheme, sheâ€™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
compliesâ€”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, sheâ€™s put to work right
awayâ€”as a full-time companion to Frank, the writerâ€™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 Frankâ€™s father is, how his gorgeous â€śpiano teacher and
itinerant male role modelâ€ť Xander fits into the Banning
family equationâ€”and whether Mimi will ever finish that
Full of heart and countless â€śonly-in-Hollywoodâ€ť
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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