The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

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July 31, 2017 by readingoutside


This clever novel is a story told through a mishmash of vintage 1920s catalogue pages, Jazz-age ephemera, and the typewritten pages of the story’s heroine, Frankie Pratt (an entirely fictional character).  According to the end notes, the author ordered hundreds of 1920s items on eBay to use to create the period feel.  The story follows Frankie as she graduates from high school, goes to college, travels the world, and has more than a few romantic entanglements.

The story was enjoyable but lightweight, and the scrapbook pages are a treasure trove to pour over.  There’s lots of references to 1920s films, events, and famous people.  You can tell the author must have had a lot of fun creating this.  It reminded me of a happier, more fun-to-read version of The Paris Wife (and Hemingway is even referenced here).  This is a great choice if you are looking for a quick read with history, romance, adventure and a plucky heroine.


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