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The Postmistress


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ISBN13: 9780425238691
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sharrona, February 15, 2013 (view all comments by sharrona)
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.
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cheandme, August 1, 2012 (view all comments by cheandme)
You wouldn't think a book about World War II, a front-lines radio/reporter and a deceptive public servant would make for relaxing beach reading, but in the case of The Postmistress it actually was. It was interesting to read about the radio reporting from London, something I hadn't really read much about. It also shed light on the fact that for a while, the world didn't have a clear picture of what was happening to the Jews: we look back and say "how could that have happened?" but in the moment, in the confusion, the wild rumours going on about everything, it was hard to sift through to the truth as we see it now. Not a justification by any means, but perhaps an explanation of why the world's countries weren't quicker to open their doors.
I enjoyed it for sure.
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Leigh Manners, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Leigh Manners)
Amazing, and incredible!!!!! Had me at the edge of my seat and grabbing for a tissue. loved it
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marjorie.rommel, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by marjorie.rommel)
One of the most compelling, most beautifully written novels I've read in years. It reminds me strongly of John Dunning's tour d' force, Two O'Clock, War Time. Both take place on the eastern seaboard, Dunning's on the Jersey shore, Blake's Postmistress on the Massachusetts shore. Both involve radio reports of the war in Europe, and the threat of German invasion. Blake's Postmistress employs the multiple viewpoints of a physician with the U.S. Army in London during the blitz, his unwitting widow back home, the postmistress, who chooses to deliver the letter that will tell her. She also refuses to lower the flag her gentleman friend fears will lead German U -boats to their shore -- and of course one does. The strongest voice, however, is that of a young female war correspondent recording the voices of Jewish refugees on the last train out of Berlin.
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Sheila Shulleeta, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Sheila Shulleeta)
I loved this book. It follows the lives of three very different women during WWII. It's complex and thought-provoking. Sarah Blake is a very skilled storyteller. Long after finishing the book I still think about the characters and crave more.
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Blake, Sarah
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Woods, Hazel
Historical - General
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Product details 320 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425238691 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Compassionate, insightful, and unsentimental, this masterful novel is told in a rare and highly successful omniscient voice, one that delves deeply into the seemingly random nature of love and war and story itself. This is a superb book!"
"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."
"Review" by , "Great books give you a feeling that you miss all day until you finally get to crawl back inside those pages again. The Postmistress is one of those rare books. The Postmistress made me homesick for a time before I was even born. What's remarkable, however, is how relevant the story is to our present-day times. A beautifully written, thought provoking novel that I'm telling everyone I know to read."
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As the Great War rages, an independent young woman struggles to sustain love—and life—through the power of words.


Its 1917 and America is on the brink of World War I. After Hensley Denchs father is forced to resign from the New York Times for his anti-war writings, she finds herself expelled from the life she loves and the future she thought she would have. Instead, Hensley is transplanted to New Mexico, where her father has taken a job overseeing a gold mine. Driven by loneliness, Hensley hijacks her fathers correspondence with Charles Reid, a young American medic with whom her father plays chess via post. Hensley secretly begins her own exchange with Charles, but looming tragedy threatens them both, and—when everything turns against them—will their words be enough to beat the odds?

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The New York Times bestseller- "A beautifully written, thought-provoking novel." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Stockett.

In 1940, Iris James is the postmistress in coastal Franklin, Massachusetts. Iris knows more about the townspeople than she will ever say, and believes her job is to deliver secrets. Yet one day she does the unthinkable: slips a letter into her pocket, reads it, and doesn't deliver it.

Meanwhile, Frankie Bard broadcasts from overseas with Edward R. Murrow. Her dispatches beg listeners to pay heed as the Nazis bomb London nightly. Most of the townspeople of Franklin think the war can't touch them. But both Iris and Frankie know better...

The Postmistress is a tale of two worlds-one shattered by violence, the other willfully naïve-and of two women whose job is to deliver the news, yet who find themselves unable to do so. Through their eyes, and the eyes of everyday people caught in history's tide, it examines how stories are told, and how the fact of war is borne even through everyday life.

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