Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me, on tour September 2016

Posted By on August 12, 2016

Be Frank With Me PB coverAbout Be Frank With Me

• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 6, 2016)

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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Photo by Christa Parravani

Photo by Christa Parravani

About Julia Claiborne Johnson

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

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Tour Stops

Tuesday, September 6th: Books on the Table

Wednesday, September 7th: 5 Minutes For Books

Thursday, September 8th: Buried Under Books

Friday, September 9th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Tuesday, September 13th: A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, September 14th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Thursday, September 15th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Friday, September 16th: M. Denise Costello

Monday, September 19th: I Brought a Book

Tuesday, September 20th: Thoughts On This ‘n That

Wednesday, September 21st: Back Porchervations

Thursday, September 22nd: A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog

Friday, September 23rd: A Chick Who Reads

Monday, September 26th: The Well-Read Redhead

Wednesday, September 28th: Reading is My Super Power

Thursday, September 29th: Art Books Coffee

Friday, September 30th: Sweet Southern Home


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