Caroline Preston hits on several touchstones with her new book The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures. It's a nostalgic look at the flapper era of American history and a lovely collection of archival materials from the period. The muted colors and prim photos of the scrapbook remind the reader of a hidden diary of a favorite grandmother. It's a find and a secret all at once. Frankie's story of love and loss, travel and love is secondary to the way it is interwoven with the lovingly conceived depictions that make the reader want to look at every scrap in the book. A great gift book. A beauty to behold.
Preston makes an appearance at Flyleaf Books on Friday, 11 November at 7:00 pm.