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"An undeniable pageturner (its quick juxtapositions arouse a frenzied reading pace), the novel's strength lies in its main characters. Blake captures Frankie, Emma and Iris in an artfully posed snapshot of Europe at war and America on the verge." Casey N. Cep, Ms. Magazine (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)

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Those who carry the truth sometimes bear a terrible burden...

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 State'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 war-time, when those we cherish leave. And how every story — of love or war — is about looking left when we should have been looking right.

Review:

"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 about 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 nave 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Even readers who don't think they like historical novels will love this one and talk it up to their friends. Highly recommended for all fans of beautifully wrought fiction." Library Journal (Starred Review)

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"Some novels we savor for their lapidary prose, others for their flesh and blood characters, and still others for a sweeping narrative arc that leaves us light-headed and changed; Sarah Blake's masterful, The Postmistress, serves us all this and more." Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Those who carry the truth sometimes bear a terrible burden...

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.

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Synopsis:

Those who carry the truth sometimes bear a terrible burden...

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.

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Sarah Blake lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, the poet Josh Weiner, and their two sons.

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baloch, January 20, 2011 (view all comments by baloch)
I really enjoyed reading this book. Ms. Blake wrote the story in such a way that the reader could see themselves both in war torn Europe and also in America wondering about the war. The story of these three women, one a reporter of the war in Europe and the other two in a small town in America each had their own story to tell, but all were affected by the war in different ways. She wove the story in a way that showed how the war affected each of them and yet their stories were intertwined. I especially enjoyed the reporter's story and how it affected her in the end both professionally and personally. The story also reminded us all of the effects of war on innocent people and how we should all be thankful for love and family and the peace that we have in our own country.
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Reading Fool, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Reading Fool)
When I don't want to get dressed in the morning because the book in my hands has swallowed me whole, I know I have found a winner. Blake's juxtaposition of life in small-town Massachussetts and life under the Blitz (World War II) in London is riveting. Her characters are flawed, and intensely human. I see, feel, hear, and breathe the air and all the emotions of love and loss that Blake has captured. We know from the title that "The Postmistress" will play a vital role in the story, but every character is charged with electricity, and Blake manages to surprise us with the turn of each page. I happened to pick up the large print edition from the library, but will happily buy the standard print version for my book shelf. It surprises me to put "The Postmistress" at the top of my reading list for 2010, and I shall look forward to reading her other books in 2011.
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Graceamilion, June 15, 2010 (view all comments by Graceamilion)
"The new postmistress in town knows she has an important job; she holds stories, fates and lives in her hands every day. Even though Iris is new to the small coastal town she learns about everyone through their mail. Iris, along with a many others nationwide are transfixed by the voice on the radio. Frankie Bard has a passion for news reporting and has stationed herself right in the middle of the bombing going on in London. The town doctor decides after hearing Frankie’s nightly radiocasts that he needs to be over in London helping in the hospitals. When Will makes this decision it changes the lives of not only his wife but of Iris and Frankie as well. These once different women all share a commonality by the end of this great novel."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399156199
Author:
Blake, Sarah
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Author:
Cassidy, Orlagh
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
London (England) History.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100209
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.50x6.50x1.25 in. 1.13 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 about 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 nave 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "An undeniable pageturner (its quick juxtapositions arouse a frenzied reading pace), the novel's strength lies in its main characters. Blake captures Frankie, Emma and Iris in an artfully posed snapshot of Europe at war and America on the verge." (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
"Review" by , "Even readers who don't think they like historical novels will love this one and talk it up to their friends. Highly recommended for all fans of beautifully wrought fiction." (Starred Review)
"Review" by , "Some novels we savor for their lapidary prose, others for their flesh and blood characters, and still others for a sweeping narrative arc that leaves us light-headed and changed; Sarah Blake's masterful, The Postmistress, serves us all this and more."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
Those who carry the truth sometimes bear a terrible burden...

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.

Watch a Video

"Synopsis" by ,
Those who carry the truth sometimes bear a terrible burden...

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.

Watch a Video

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