Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson audiobook

Be Frank With Me: A Novel

By Julia Claiborne Johnson
Read by Tavia Gilbert

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062413710
8.63 Hours Unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

Audie Award Winner for Best Female Narration

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A February 2016 LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Book of the Day

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Be prepared to put your life on hold once you start this audiobook…Gilbert nails the rhythm of Frank’s unique speech pattern while instilling his dialogue with charm and innocence. She transitions so seamlessly between Alice and Frank that listeners may forget there’s only one narrator. Don’t miss this outstanding production. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“What a charmer this book is! From the very first page, I fell hard for Frank.” Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author
“Witty, but never cutesy. Deeply felt, but never sentimental… This one is special—don’t miss it.” Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author
“Readers will find themselves captivated.” People
“A lot of fun to be had along the way. Sit back…and enjoy the show.” New York Times Book Review
“Delightful. You will laugh out loud.” Slate
“Hilarious, poignant, and full of unexpected gems, Be Frank with Me… introduces readers to one of the most charming, lovable and maddening children in fiction.” Huffington Post
“Frank Banning may be the most endearing scene-stealer you’ll ever meet in the pages of a book.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Goes beyond page-turner status. Readers will race to the next sentence. And the next. Her charming, flawed, quietly courageous characters, each wonderfully different, demand a second reading.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Like Frank, this offbeat story has a big heart.” BookPage
“Witty dialogue, irresistible characters, and a touch of mystery make this sweet debut about a quirky Hollywood family an enjoyable page-turner.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Julia Claiborne Johnson

Author Bio: Julia Claiborne Johnson

Julia Claiborne Johnson worked at Mademoiselle before marrying and moving to Los Angeles, where she lives with her comedy-writer husband, Chris Marcil, and their two children.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English