The Postmistress Author:Sarah Blake Weaving together the stories of three very different women loosely tied to each other, debut novelist Blake takes readers back and forth between small town America and war-torn Europe in 1940. Single, 40-year-old postmistress Iris James and young newlywed Emma Trask are both new arrivals to Franklin, Mass., on Cape Cod. While Iris and Emma go ab... more »out their daily lives, they follow American reporter Frankie Bard on the radio as she delivers powerful and personal accounts from the London Blitz and elsewhere in Europe. While Trask waits for the return of her husband—a volunteer doctor stationed in England—James comes across a letter with valuable information that she chooses to hide. Blake captures two different worlds—a naïve nation in denial and, across the ocean, a continent wracked with terror—with a deft sense of character and plot, and a perfect willingness to take on big, complex questions, such as the merits of truth and truth-telling in wartime.« less
started a bit slow and I wasnt sure where it was going but then it moved along and I couldn't put it down. The author weaves the different stories into a web of connections and makes us think about how we touch each other and what our time on this planet and our personal stories really mean.
I am glad I read the other reviews after I started reading this book. The beginning is very slow and full of bizarre sentences that don't seem to mean anything. I almost quit this book but true to the other reviews, it gets pretty good after about the first 50-70 pages.
This book is a great example of how hype can get a novel to the NY Times Bestseller's List. But, fortunately, hype can't keep it there for very long. The publisher was hoping "The Postmistress" would ride on the coattails of their huge hit "The Help", and it did. Only, it fell off in record breaking time, when people actually read it. Publishers do no great service to authors when they hype up a book so. It just makes readers feel cheated, and it makes them remember the name of the author, so they'll never read another book by him or her ever again.
Poetical, evocative writing. Poignant storyline that will stay with you after you have finished the book. Fascinating book about the early years of WWII and how the war was perceived in America before we entered the war. I felt enriched by this book.
This is a gem of a book. It starts off a little slowly, but if you stick with it, you'll find it a rewarding read. Set in the USA and Europe during World War II, the Postmistress focuses on the lives of a newlywed Emma, postmistress Iris and radio reporter Frankie Bard. The author weaves a lovely web that ties all of the characters together. This novel is about love, suffering, patriotism, duty, honor and fate. The author is quite talented and really makes you feel as if you are in the story watching it unfold. I would highly recommend this novel.