When one-hit-wonder author M.M. Banning needs to write her second book, she has her publishers send her an assistant which is how Alice finds herself caring for Frank, Banning’s eccentric 9-year-old son who loves old movies and wearing morning suits. Frank is one of the best characters I have read in a long time. This strange family pulls you in and makes you want to laugh and cry. You won’t want to put this book down because it means leaving these characters behind.
I chose this wonderful novel as my favorite book of 2016.
(If you happen to be in the Chicago area, Julia Claiborne Johnson will be at The Book Cellar on February 7th at 6pm!)