A reclusive author hasn’t published anything since her record-breaking best selling novel must now write in order to keep a roof over her head.
A young woman moves from New York to LA to become the author’s full-time assistant and finds she must take care of the author’s eccentric son instead.
A 9-year-old boy obsessed with old Hollywood and extreme fashion enlists his mother’s assistant to help him uncover the identity of his father.
Combine the three and you have the delightfully charming book, Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson.
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What do you get when you take three families, all with children who are on the autism spectrum, and leave them at a camp to fend for themselves? Absolute hilarity, that's what. Harmony is the story of the Hammond family's search for "normalcy" in the middle of not so normal circumstances. It is told in alternating perspectives of Alexandra, the mother, and Iris, the neurotypical daughter. Alexandra packs up her husband and two daughters to live at Camp Harmony in hopes that parenting expert Scott Bean can come up with a solution for how to raise Tilly, the Hammond's eldest daughter who is a mix of genius and socially awkward. Harmony was a definite page turner, and actually made my jaw drop with the ending.
This is one of those books that you just can't put down because it's such a foreign way of life, such a different way of seeing the world, that you find it fascinating. The Cresswells are a fanatic religious family, and we meet them at point where the children are old enough to start questioning their father's motives while leading his family.
The way to Alexandra's heart is through a great book recommendation.