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The Mighty Franks: A Memoir by Michael Frank

The Mighty Franks: A Memoir

by Michael Frank

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The Mighty Franks is a must-read for those of you who love a dysfunctional family saga. Full stop. The author tells the story of his own off-kilter family: a brother and sister who married a sister and brother, one couple has three boys, the other had no children; they live within 3 miles of each other and the grandmothers are also living nearby. The aunt who is childless imprints on young Michael, madness ensues. It's a crazy ride.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374210128, Hardcover)

A psychologically acute memoir about an unusual and eccentric Hollywood family.

“My feeling for Mike is something out of the ordinary,” Michael Frank overhears his aunt say to his mother when he is a boy. “I wish he were mine.”

Michael’s childless Auntie Hankie and Uncle Irving, glamorous Hollywood screenwriters, are doubly his aunt and uncle―brother and sister married sister and brother. The two families live just blocks away from each other in Laurel Canyon. In this strangely intertwined family, even the author’s two grandmothers share an apartment together.

Talented, sparkling, and lavish with her money, attention, and love, Auntie Hankie takes charge of Michael’s education, showing him which books to read, which painters to admire, which houses to like, which people to adore. She literally trains his eye―until that eye wants to see on its own.

As his aunt’s moods begin to darken, it becomes apparent that beneath her magical exterior there lies a dangerous rage. His aunt stages a series of tumultuous scenes that devastate Michael, forcing him to reconstruct both himself and his family narrative as he tries to reconcile the woman he once cherished with the troubled figure he discovers her to be.

The Mighty Franks is a psychologically acute memoir that asks each of us where the boundaries of family life should be drawn, and who should draw them.

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"An unforgettable memoir--with elements of Auntie Mame and Grey Gardens--that chronicles the world of one California family dominated by a powerhouse screenwriter"--

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