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Elle (Canada) - - Radar -

how charm­ing

In this nim­ble, clever novel by Ju­lia Clai­borne John­son, a pub­lisher sends a ju­nior editor to force reclusive lit­er­ary leg­end M. M. Ban­ning to com­plete a long-over­due fol­low-up to her youth­ful mas­ter­piece. Even though you’ll des­per­ately want to un­ravel all the se­crets hid­den in the nearly empty L.A. man­sion where the story is set, it’s Frank, Ban­ning’s nine-year-old son with a tal­ent for Noël Coward-es­que wit­ti­cisms, who will have you hop­ing that Clai­borne John­son can crank out her own se­cond book IRL —and fast! h

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