Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Dear Caroline Preston, author of The War Bride's Scrapbook

Dear Caroline Preston,

You hold a special place in my heart. I've always been a reader, but before I started blogging, I wasn't nearly as aware of all the new release books. When I was in high school, I discovered your first novel, Jackie by Josie, on the new release shelf at my local public library and checked it out. I loved it. I'm still drawn to fictional depictions of real women, and I loved that as much as the book was about Jackie O, it was more about Josie and her research. Your 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 in 2008. I love when books stick in my mind so clearly I remember where I was when I read it.
When The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt came out in 2011, I read it immediately and loved it. I gave my mother a copy for Christmas that year too.

I was thrilled to see you had another novel in pictures in 2017. I was so excited to read it, I read an early copy in July 2017 and never reviewed it. Partly, it's because I wasn't really blogging much in 2017. But it's also because I didn't know how to write about it in a traditional review because it, like The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, is so unique. It's a novel, but it's mostly told through mixed media. It's not quite a graphic novel either. Regardless of how I'd classify it, I think what I love most about this type of storytelling is how intimate and historic it feels. It doesn't feel like I'm reading fiction; it feels like I'm looking at the scrapbook of someone else's grandma.

I don't know what the future holds for your writing, but I know I'll be in line to read it, whether you return to traditional novels or stick with novels in pictures. Cheers to twenty years of reading your books.


Rating: 4 out of 5
Length: 224 pages
Publication date: December 5, 2017
Source: publisher

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  1. Love this review -- going to have to see what authors I've been reading for more than a decade...!


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