Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight an upcoming release we can't wait to read.
My pick this week comes from an author whose diverse works I've thoroughly enjoyed over the years: Caroline Preston. I discovered her first novel, Jackie by Josie, about a woman doing academic research on Jackie Kennedy, at my local library when I was in high school and utterly adored it. Her second novel, Lucy Crocker 2.0, about a woman who designs video games despite having no knowledge of technology, lived on my shelves for years (and moved a few times) before I finally stayed up late to read it at my mother-in-law's house the week Mr. Nomadreader and I moved to New York. I read her third novel, Gatsby's Girl, a fictionalized account of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginerva Kelly, who served as a muse for the character of Daisy Buchanan, as soon as it was published in 2006.
When I heard Caroline Preston (finally!) had a new book coming out, I was downright jubilant. Here's what some well-known authors had to say about The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures:
"What an amazing, creative, funny, thoughtful dip into the life and times of the inimitable Frankie. I know I'll come back to Preston's wonderful creation time and again; for its color, warmth, and whimsy. It's a very, very clever novel." - Jacqueline Winspear
"The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is like reading your favorite flapper great-aunt's diary. It's a ripping yarn of emancipated girlish adventure." - Audrey Niffenegger
"[H]ave I just read/experience/devoured the most delightful book ever published?...There is magic here and genius. I marveled at every page: at first, the astonishing collection of souvenirs and memorabilia and then the story--so wry and smart and literary and historically fascinating." - Elinor Lipman
"A literary bottle rocket--loaded with whimsy, pizzazz and heart. The illustrations are compelling and original, and the prose is perfection in the hands of Caroline Preston...I heartily recommend." - Adriana Trigiani
Doesn't it sound fantastic?
Ecco is publishing The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt on October 25, 2011. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy! You can pre-order a copy from an independent bookstore, the Book Depository or Amazon now. There's no pre-order link for the Kindle (yet).
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