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The Mighty Franks

A Memoir


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The Mighty Franks by Michael Frank
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A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR A NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER OF THE 2018 JQ WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE A story at once extremely strange and entirely familiar - about families, innocence, art and love. This hugely enjoyable, totally unforgettable memoir is a classic in the making. Michael's family situation is complicated. His aunt is his father's sister, who is married to his mother's brother. In this unusually intertwined world, even his grandmothers share an apartment together for twelve conflicted years. Most unusual of all is Michael's Aunt Hankie. A gifted, glamorous screenwriter, she is a beauty with violet eyelids, a tower of hair and no children of her own, a force that Michael will spend his life alternately being drawn towards and desperately trying to escape. A story of a magnetic figure and the boy held in her orbit, The Mighty Franks is for anyone who has struggled to find their voice amid the chaos of family life.

Author Biography

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.
Release date NZ
May 3rd, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Fourth Estate Ltd
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