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The Mighty Franks: A Memoir


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Michael Frank's short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Yale Review, Salmagundi, Glimmer Train, and Tablet, among other publications. His fiction has been presented at Symphony Space's Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, and his travel writing has been collected in Italy: The Best Travel Writing from The New York Times. He served as a Los Angeles Times book critic for nearly ten years. He lives in New York City and Liguria, Italy.


`The glory of this book is its richly evoked world ... Michael is an Isherwood camera ... I doubt you'll read a better memoir this year. The Mighty Franks is full of humour and brittle irony. In Aunt Hankie, Frank has created a great new nonfictional character: an indelible wonder of dark depths and hypnotic high style' Guardian

`A witty, moving account ... beautifully written and timely ' TLS

`There is a lastingly sane quality to his riveting memoir, The Mighty Franks, that's reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird' The Telegraph

`Move Over, Royal Tenenbaums: Meet The Mighty Franks ... probing and radiantly polished' New York Times

`An utterly magical book. Michael Frank inherits Truman Capote's glorious ability to recreate the past in an act of exquisite, knowing retrieval ... I hung on every word, spying through his child's eyes. This is intense and lyrical prose: I never wanted it to stop.' Philip Hoare

'P.G. Wodehouse could not have invented Michael Frank's aunt. An astonishing story of a relationship and a family that ends up the wrong side up and inside-out. Beautiful, strange and true.' Ian Sansom

`Entertainingly, and sometimes beautifully, told. Frank, as his aunt once told him, can write' Observer

`The Mighty Franks is very easy to love and very hard to put down.' George Hodgman

`To paraphrase Tolstoy, interesting families are unhappy in mysterious ways, and in this subtle memoir full of hard-won wisdom, Michael Frank gives us an indelible portrait of his own.' Judith Thurman

`Crackling with sorrow and wit, Michael Frank has written a gorgeous, moving and intensely compassionate memoir that will stay with me for a long, long time.' Molly Antopol

`Be careful when you start reading The Mighty Franks since you won't be able to stop. This portrait of an extraordinary family is a work of art.' Jean Strouse

`Frank does a subtle job of evoking his larger-than life aunt Hankie, who both adored and isolated him' Gaby Wood, Telegraph, Books of the Year

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