Be Frank With Me

Be Frank With Me

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062445278
Characteristics: 1 online resource (8 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Gilbert, Tavia


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Librarian_Deb Sep 16, 2019

Loved this one - mostly because I fell in love with Frank! He's not the one who tells the story though, that's Alice, who comes into Frank's life when she assigned to assist his mother with her latest book project. Frank's mother just happens to be M.M. "Mimi" Banning - a reclusive author who wrote a highly acclaimed bestselling novel years ago and hasn't published a book since. After years of silence she contacted her publisher - the firm Alice works for - and said she was ready to publish another book. So Alice, who has never traveled outside of New York, is sent off to Mimi's California home thinking she will be helping her to type up her manuscripts. Except Mimi never shows her what's she's working on. Instead she put's Alice in charge of managing Frank. Frank turns out to the the most unusual 9 year old Alice has ever met. He dresses like a 1930's movie star and he's obsessed with old films. He throws a fit if certain rules of his are broken. He hardly ever sleeps. He hints at past family secrets that Alice longs to uncover the truth about. As Alice gets to know this eccentric Mother and Son and learns how to navigate their world, she learns a lot about her self and her strengths and limitations. But most of all she learns what it means to love someone who isn't always easy to love - and that's what really touched me about this book.
Also, I listened to this and Tavia Gilbert, the narrator, did an amazing job of capturing Frank's voice in just right way. Her vocal interpretation of all the characters was so spot on and really helped to bring Frank and this story to life. I'd highly recommend this version!

lindab1111 Dec 06, 2016

Frank is a witty and very truthful 9 year old genius. Frank is always at the center of this delightful book. The narrator wonderfully brings out the nuances of Frank's thoughts. This story had witty dialogue and irresistible characters.


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