Friday, February 19, 2010

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
Available: Now
Reading Level: Adult

Description from Goodreads:

Filled with stunning parallels to today's world, The Postmistress is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women-and of two countries torn apart by war.
On the eve of the United States's entrance into World War II in 1940, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: She doesn't deliver a letter. In London, American radio gal Frankie Bard is working with Edward R. Murrow, reporting on the Blitz. One night in a bomb shelter, she meets a doctor from Cape Cod with a letter in his pocket, a letter Frankie vows to deliver when she returns from Germany and France, where she is to record the stories of war refugees desperately trying to escape.
The residents of Franklin think the war can't touch them- but as Frankie's radio broadcasts air, some know that the war is indeed coming. And when Frankie arrives at their doorstep, the two stories collide in a way no one could have foreseen. The Postmistress is an unforgettable tale of the secrets we must bear, or bury. It is about what happens to love during wartime, when those we cherish leave. And how every story-of love or war-is about looking left when we should have been looking right.

My thoughts:

I was lucky enough to snag a copy of Sarah Blake's debut novel from LibraryThing.

This is one of those books that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading. The story revolves around Iris James, Frankie Bard and Emma Fitch. Iris is the Postmaster for a small town in Massachusetts. Emma is the new wife of the doctor in the same town as Iris. Frankie Bard is a female American reporter based in London during WWII. All three women are faced with very different struggles but find their lives become intertwined after a chance meeting in London between Emma’s husband and Frankie.

This is a beautifully written novel with interesting characters. It made me laugh and it made me cry. I’d highly recommend The Postmistress to those who enjoy historical fiction or stories with a focus on WWII.

After reading some of the reviews I've noticed the common complaint was it started slowly and there were too many characters. I'm shocked by how many actually quit reading after only 30-40 pages. This was also a small issue for me but I'd encourage you to stick with it. That is just a small bump in the way of an amazing story.


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