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By Julia Claiborne Johnson

ISBN-10: 0062413732

ISBN-13: 9780062413734

A gleaming debut combining the fascinating pluck of Eloise, the poignant mental quirks of The Curious Incident of the puppy within the Night-Time and the page-turning spirit of Where’d You pass, Bernadette.

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years, yet now she’s writing her first booklet in a long time and to make sure well timed of entirety her writer sends an assistant to observe her progress.

When Alice Whitley arrives she’s positioned to paintings as a significant other to Frank, the writer’s eccentric son, who has the wit of Noël Coward, the cloth wardrobe of a Nineteen Thirties superstar, and intensely little in universal together with his fellow fourth-graders. The longer she spends with the Bannings, the extra Alice turns into captivated with questions: who's Frank’s father? and may Mimi ever end that book?

Full of numerous only-in-Hollywood moments, Be Frank With Me is a heartwarming tale of a mom and son, and the intrepid younger girl who's pulled into their unforgettable world.

“Julia Claiborne Johnson has struck gold in growing Frank Banning—a different exasperating, witty, and endearing nine-year-old genius who services because the beating middle of this excellent book.” —Julie Schumacher, writer of expensive Committee Members

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I've got ten days' furlough, and then I'm to go to Vieshenska, and on to the front, I expect," Stepan replied, losing his foreign style of speech as he grew more intoxicated. He left soon afterwards, accompanied by Daria's admiring stare and leaving argument and discussion behind him. "How he's educated himself, the son of a bitch! How he talked! Like an excise officer or someone of the nobility. \Vhen I went in to him he was standing pulling silk bands with buckles over his shoul­ ders. God's truth!

A few minutes later he emerged from behind a damp, scented cur­ rant bush. Before he reached the house he stooped and with his handkerchief rubbed his trouser knees, green with grass juice. As he went up the steps he looked back. Through the window of the serv­ ants' quarters he saw Aksinia with hands Hung up behind her head, tidying her hair. A smile was playing on her lips. Red Don or White 35 1 Chapter 5 The feather-grass ripened. For unending miles the steppe wai clothed in swaying silver. The wind strode springily over it, rustling and driving opal-grey waves now to the south, now to the west.

I lived well, but I left her I was drawn home . . " Aksinia demanded, her nostrils quivering passionately. "You want to get on with your farming? " She smiled unpleasantly and darkly. "No, not for me, Christ save me! I'm old . . You can see my wrinkles. And I've forgotten how to bear children. I'm a paramour, and paramours mustn't have children. " " "You've grown bitter. " "I say no, I won't go! " . • • . " Stepan rose, uncertainly turned over the wrist­ watch in his hand, and laid it down again on the table.

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