Caroline Preston is the author of three novels Jackie by Josie (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) Lucy Crocker 2.0, and Gatsby’s Girl and two scrapbook novels, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt and The War Bride’s Scrapbook. She has drawn from her own collection of vintage ephemera to create a unique novel form that combines “historical fiction and scrapbooking.” (O Magazine).
Preston started collecting vintage scrapbooks in high school. She majored in American Studies at Dartmouth College, and received a master’s in American Civilization from Brown University. Inspired by her interest in manuscripts and ephemera, she worked as an archivist at the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Peabody/Essex Museum and Harvard’s Houghton Library.
Preston has been awarded a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship and has had residencies at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Ragdale, where she is a Distinguished Artist. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt won an Alex Award. She lives with her husband, the writer Christopher Tilghman, in Charlottesville, Virginia and Centreville, Maryland. She has three sons and one grandson.