The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt – Caroline Preston

I love this book – it’s quite a neat way to read about the 1920’s from an aspiring young woman writer’s point of view.  Lots of interesting memorabilia showing the highs and lows of the 1920s. Through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus, and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love. For Frankie, opportunity seems limitless, but it’s also inhibited by social mores, class boundaries, and the rules of romance.  The narrative is very straight-forward.  It is woven in through the motif of a scrapbook.  It’s a real delight to read!   I think it’s a book that you will want to read a couple times because there is so much to take in. (submitted by DS)

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