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“[Frankie’s Place] is really the story of finding a place that fits, a home in the world. . . . It’s about loving the person you’re with. Happiness. Contentment. Peace. . . . In an era in which memoir has been given a bad rap by all those writers who are far too eager to glamorize their travails . . ., Frankie’s Place is the anti-expose, a revelation in kindness. . . . Frankie’s Place never loses its genteel equilibrium.” —Beth Kephart, The Chicago Tribune
Frankie's Place
A Love Story
By Jim Sterba
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4140-8 • $13.00 • Paperback • June 2004
Memoir
In this Tracy-Hepburn romance a sophisticated New York intellectual is charmed by a down-to-earth newspaperman.

Frankie’s Place is the tale of a summer cottage and the story that unfolds under its roof. As Liz Smith raved, “It offers a kind of Hepburn-Tracy love idyll, punctuated by mussels found in the Sound, dripping fir trees, armies of marauding mice, cars held together with bailing wire, sailboats and putt-putts and two writers locked together in their admiration of nature and fine words. I’ve never read anything quite like it.” Jim Sterba is the down-to-earth newspaperman who charms the New York sophisticate, Frances FitzGerald, after several visits to her writer’s retreat on the coast in Maine—Frankie’s place is a secluded little house out of harm’s way and the clamor of the modern world.

Icy plunges into the Somes Sound christen their island mornings; then there is a long period of dutiful writing followed, in the late afternoon, by rigorous mountain walks, forays for wild mushrooms, and sailing. In the evenings Jim and Frankie prepare simple island meals as they talk about everything from the stories or books they’re working on to the bigger issue of Jim’s reunion with his long-lost father. Although they couldn’t have had more disparate childhoods—Jim grew up on a struggling Michigan farm while Frankie lived in a Manhattan town house and an English country estate—their shared summer rituals have them falling in love before our eyes. In its starred review, Publishers Weekly praised the memoir as “beautiful . . . a glimpse not just of a person but of a time and place worth noting. [Frankie’s Place] is suffused with love of every stripe, from the romantic kind to the kind one might feel for a place, a way of life and a really good dinner.”


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