Award Winning / Historical Fiction

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston

11101772Scrapbookers, family historians and anyone with an affinity for the Roaring Twenties will cherish this first-ever novel in pictures.  Frankie begins compiling the scrapbook novel in June 1920 after high school graduation by typing text on her father’s old Corona and incorporating pictures and memorabilia.  The scrapbook details the next eight years of her life, including her studies at Vassar (where she meets Edna St. Vincent Millay) followed by her life in New York and Paris and her return home.  It vividly brings to life the New York literary scene as well as the bohemian lives of expatriots (think Hemingway and Joyce) in Paris.  The reader feels like she is paging throuogh her grandmother’s scrapbook instead of turning the pages of a novel, and thus the pure genius of the book arises.  (Gertrude Stein types may be dismayed by the book’s ending, but Romantics will sign with delight.)

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt


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