The Postmistress

The Postmistress

Book - 2011
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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 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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Publisher: New York :, Berkley Books,, 2011.
Edition: Berkley trade paperback
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780399156199
Characteristics: 371 pages ;,21 cm.


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Nov 17, 2018

Agree that more backstory would've been good, not quite clear about relationships of reporter and Will in the story, needed clarification definitely! Liked it overall however.

May 22, 2016

A great read from both the historical and human interest perspective. Anyone with an interest in the trails should read this. The interplay between two very different brothers traveling together is also worth the read. Most enjoyable!

Sep 12, 2015

Being used for a book club, please renew until the end of September...Thank you

Dec 14, 2014

The Postmistress is a well crafted novel set during WWII. It moves between England under fire and the USA which has not yet entered the war. The main characters are 3 American women, one who spends time in England and Europe and learns first hand about the war. I will look for other books by the author Sarah Blake.

SpringAltman Jul 05, 2014

Loved this book about 3 women in WW2 era, one a reporter, one a postmaster of a small New England town, and a wife who fears her doctor husband will not come home

Jun 08, 2014

After watching the History Channel's documentary on the World Wars, my interest in WWII history was renewed. This story of three women, and how that war affected their lives was both informative and inspirational. That generation sacrificed so much for us and our freedom. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Jan 05, 2014

a compeling story.

Jun 18, 2012

Interesting premise but not completely fulfilled. Would have liked more back story on some of the characters but Blake's idea of a story, as expressed by one of her characters is that we don't often get to know the beginning or the ending of someone's story. I took that as the lesson of the book.

Jun 07, 2012

The first thing I noticed about Blake's writing is her gift for description: the large woman in the post office who looked like a "striped tent with no occasion"! The story has an immediacy to it created by the sympathetic characters whose experiences are described so well. We see the war as more a sad time rather than an atrocity, which is one reason this book is easy to like. It also demonstrates the power of story to make a life and the world understandable.

Jun 07, 2012

Well written book but I found the ending dissapointing. I was expecting more of a plot to the book.

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Aug 21, 2010

Alternates between two women unable to deliver the news and one desperately waiting for it yet afraid to hear it.

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