The Postmistress Author:Sarah Blake Those who carry the truth sometimes bear a terrible weight... — It is 1940. France has fallen. Bombs are dropping on London. And President Roosevelt is promising he won't send our boys to fight in foreign wars. — But American radio gal Frankie Bard, the first woman to report from the Blitz in London, wants nothing more than to bring the war ho... more »me. Frankie's radio dispatches crackle across the Atlantic ocean, imploring listeners to pay attention -- as the Nazis bomb London nightly, and Jewish refugees stream across Europe. Frankie is convinced that if she can just get the right story, it will wake Americans to action and they will join the fight.
Meanwhile, in Franklin, Massachusetts, a small town on Cape Cod, Iris James hears Frankie's broadcasts and knows that it is only a matter of time before the war arrives on Franklin's shores. In charge of the town's mail, Iris believes that her job is to deliver and keep people's secrets, passing along the news that letters carry. And one secret she keeps are her feelings for Harry Vale, the town mechanic, who inspects the ocean daily, searching in vain for German U-boats he is certain will come. Two single people in midlife, Iris and Harry long ago gave up hope of ever being in love, yet they find themselves unexpectedly drawn toward each other.
Listening to Frankie as well are Will and Emma Fitch, the town's doctor and his new wife, both trying to escape a fragile childhood and forge a brighter future. When Will follow's Frankie's siren call into the war, Emma's worst fears are realized. Promising to return in six months, Will goes to London to offer his help, and the lives of the three women entwine.
Alternating between an America still cocooned in its inability to grasp the danger at hand and a Europe being torn apart by war, The Postmistress gives us two women who find themselves unable to deliver the news, and a third woman desperately waiting for news yet afraid to hear it.
Sarah Blake's The Postmistress shows how we bear the fact that war goes on around us while ordinary lives continue. Filled with stunning parallels to today, it is a remarkable novel.« less
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This book is more character- and context-driven than plot-driven, so if you're looking for a page-turner leave it on the shelf. While the characters were interesting conceived they were poorly developed. In the context of the lack of plot and characters that I did not care about, the poignant writing about the horrors of WW2 felt hollow. Overall, a dull read that I would not recommend.
I really loved this book. The writing was so dense, for a while I would only read a chapter at a time, like pieces of good chocolate. Towards the end I couldn't help rushing to the end (thus eating the whole box!) Highly recommended.
A hauntingly told story of how individuals cope with day-to-day life under the threat or reality of war, set in the days before the USA entered World War II. A radio reporter travels through occupied Europe; an American physician volunteers in London; a postmaster and her small Cape Cod community wait, watch, and listen. Even without the clever set-the-stage introduction, these characters and this story would have seemed real.
This is my opinion only but I found this book to be very BORING! I read through Chapter 3 and just couldn't get into the book. The author used many, many, many words to say nothing interesting. I was extremely disappointed.