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The scrapbook of Frankie Pratt : a novel in pictures
Caroline Preston
Adult Fiction PRESTON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.

From Library Journal:

When she graduates from high school in 1920, Frankie gets a scrapbook and her father's old Corona, which keeps her busy at Vassar and thereafter, as she pursues a writing career and sails for France on the SS Mauritania. Her story is illustrated with various memorabilia appropriate to scrapbooking: vintage postcards, magazine ads, ticket stubs, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, menus, and more. Sounds charming, and Preston's Jack by Josie did well; the 40,000-copy first printing and an eight-city tour are good news. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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