In The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, Caroline Preston reveals her heroine’s life and the nineteen twenties era she lived through – with postcards, snips of old catalog ads, graduation announcements, candy wrappers, and more.
Who says you can’t tell a story without words? Frankie’s high school graduation gifts are a scrapbook and her dead father’s Smith Corona typewriter; her dream is to become a writer. As she grows from “smartest girl in her class” to editor in a Paris magazine, Preston uses pictures – scraps actually – with captions to tell her story:
- a seductive love affair with an older man that leads to a scholarship at Vassar,
- her post-college apartment in Greenwich Village from the recommendation of Edna St. Vincent Millay (a fellow alum),
- an escape from unrequited love that sends her to Paris and an apartment over the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore of James Joyce, and an old flame rekindled –
- until finally returning home to nurse her mother from tuberculosis and finding true love “in her own back yard.”
As Preston reveals Frankie’s coming of age tale, she offers full-page collages that include fashion, furniture, vintage ads, photos and sketches from the twenties with a sprinkling of short dialogue at appropriate junctures.
A romantic tale full of history and nostalgia – a picture book for adults.
Look inside The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt at Preston’s website – here