Meet Mimi: Reclusive literary legend. Wrote Pulitzer- and National Book Award—winning novel at nineteen. Hasn’t been seen or heard from much since, though, ironically, she lives in a glass mansion in Bel Air. Lost all her money in a Ponzi scheme, needs to write another novel. So her publisher sends her . . .
Alice Whitley: Editorial assistant. Twenty-five years old. Highly competent. Thinks she’s going to be typing up pages and delivering cups of coffee. Instead finds that her primary job is to be companion to . . .
Frank: Mimi’s nine-year-old son. A boy with the intellect of Albert Einstein, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth graders. About to give Alice the education of her life.
Julia Claiborne Johnson worked at Mademoiselle and Glamour magazines before marrying and moving to Los Angeles, where she lives with her comedy-writer husband and their two children.