The scrapbook of Frankie Pratt : a novel in pictures

by Preston, Caroline.

Format: Print Book ©2011.
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Preston
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Adult Fiction PRESTON
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Moon Township Public Library Fiction F PRESTON Caroline
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC PRESTON
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Fiction PR
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Penn Hills Library Fiction PRE
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic Preston
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Chick-Lit Fiction CHICK LIT PRESTON Caroline
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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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Small-town girl Frankie wants to get out of New Hampshire, get an education, and become a writer. She becomes a class of 1924 student at Vassar, finds a job in New York, publishes a short story in Collier's, and then makes her way to Paris. There she re-meets her college roommate's interesting brother as well as a ne'er-do-well older man from her past. Frankie goes back home, however, when her widowed mother contracts tuberculosis, and there she finds true love. Preston's story follows a predictable romantic arc, but the scrapbook format turns it into a welcome variant on the historical romance genre. True to the medium, only events that give Frankie pause are recorded, but Preston manages to include her heroine's encounter with period anti-Semitism, homosexuality, and even fallen royalty without straining suspension of disbelief. The full-color scrapbook artifacts include typed captions, postcards, magazine ads, pressed flowers, tickets, letters, and annotated maps. A delight for readers of gentle historical romances, but also for crafters and those interested in the popular culture of the Roaring Twenties.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The origin story behind this graphic novel-cum-scrapbook, the first illustrated work by Jackie by Josie novelist Preston, might be more interesting than the by-the-numbers tale of flappers and expatriates inside. Preston, once an archivist at Harvard's Houghton Library, collected more than 600 pieces of original 1920s materiel from antique stores and eBay sellers-Sears catalogues, amusement park tickets, commemorative badges, even a box of seasickness pills. In handsome, full-color pages, the memorabilia tell the story of Frankie, an aspiring writer who leaves her poor New England family to travel to Vassar, then to New York, then to Paris, where she becomes tangled in a romance with an older publisher with ties to her past. 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. In the end, this "novel in pictures" is best appreciated for its fetishistic attention to period detail; even the captions were typed on a vintage 1915 Corona portable typewriter. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Scrapbooks -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology) in women -- Fiction.
Nineteen twenties -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Ecco,©2011.
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 228 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780061966903
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