The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston
A Novel in Pictures

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The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is a literary bottle rocket—loaded with whimsy, pizzazz, and heart.”
—Adriana Trigiani

“Is it possible that I have just read/experienced/devoured the most delightful book ever published? Do not argue with me: There is magic here and genius.”
—Elinor Lipman

“A ripping yarn of emancipated girlish adventure.”
—Audrey Niffenegger

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is a visually stunning, totally unique, full-color novel in the form of a scrapbook, set in the burgeoning bohemian culture of the 1920s and featuring an endearing, unforgettable heroine. Caroline Preston, author of the New York Times Notable Book Jackie by Josie, uses a kaleidoscopic array of vintage memorabilia—postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus and more—to tell the tale of spirited and ambitious Frankie’s remarkable odyssey from Vassar to Greenwich Village to Paris, in a manner that will delight crafters, historical fiction fans, and anyone who loves a good coming-of-age story ingeniously told.

 

About Caroline Preston

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Caroline Preston is the author of three previous novels, Jackie by Josie (a New York Times Notable Book), Lucy Crocker 2.0, and Gatsby’s Girl. She has collected antique scrapbooks since she was in high school, and has worked as an archivist at the Peabody/Essex Museum and Harvard University. She and her husband, the writer Christopher Tilghman, live in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
Published January 1, 2011 by HarperCollins. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although Vassar offers Frankie a scholarship, Frankie still can’t afford to attend college.

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Frankie’s Zelig-like ubiquity—of course she dates a man who works for the New Yorker at its launch, and of course in Paris she winds up editing James Joyce—makes for a nifty armchair tour of postwar literary culture, but the love stories at the book’s center remain unsurprising and unmoving.

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City Book Review

“Write what you know,” Frankie has been told, and her adventures in Paris give her plenty of material—but it’s Cornish that finally gives her the love she is looking for.

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Postcards from the 1920s, which Preston herself has collected for years, populate Frankie’s scrapbook and story, illustrating key events (being dropped by her college best friend and roommate, learning a secret about one of her New York beaus, hearing her doomed lover declare his love while her s...

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Fiction Writers Review

Caroline Preston’s fourth novel, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, recreates the rush of standing in a dusty corner of a used bookstore, flipping through a shoebox of old photos, and finding something that seems to tell a secret story.

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Fiction Writers Review

Imagining the joy it must have brought Preston to assemble this book—the countless hours of searching, the endless eBay surprise packages, the clack of the vintage typewriter, careful cutting and pasting, rubber cement on her hands—might even be a touch more enjoyable than reading the book itself.

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Teen Voices

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt was, without a doubt, one of the most engaging novels I have ever read.

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