The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

66%

19 Critic Reviews

...parts of her beautifully written book meander more than the Cape Cod dunes against which much of the tale unfolds.
-AARP

Synopsis

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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Sarah Blake is the author of the novel Grange House. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two sons.
 
Published January 29, 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 340 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Postmistress
All: 19 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Above average

Quietly effective work from first novelist Blake.

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NY Times

Good
on Feb 08 2010

But the real strength of “The Postmistress” lies in its ability to strip away readers’ defenses against stories of wartime uncertainty and infuse that chaos with wrenching immediacy and terror.

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Examiner

Good
on Feb 03 2012

The book is an interesting take on the war as told through people’s lives as they have hidden secrets, hidden desires, hidden demons, unfulfilled ambitions, and heartache.

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Examiner

Above average
on Jan 07 2012

The setting of Cape Cod is deliciously described, each detail bringing the place alive

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Examiner

Good
on Mar 23 2010

It was an enjoyable read with strong female leads, great glimpses into history and wonderful descriptions...

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Feb 09 2010

Sarah Blake displays an intelligence in the telling of the story that is, sadly, all too rare these days.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Jan 19 2011

THE POSTMISTRESS should fit very nicely on the shelf of current World War II fiction.

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Washington Times

Good
on Jul 09 2010

This is a wrenching, beautifully written book that contrasts the atmosphere of small-town America in the 1940s with the plight of Europe, a continent being engulfed by the Nazi terror.

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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
on Feb 12 2010

Iris may be the titular character, but readers learn remarkably little about her.

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The Bookbag

Good
on Sep 09 2012

Blake's prose is often heart-rending. This novel will probably stay with you long after you've read the last page.

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Huffington Post

Good
on Feb 08 2010

Inside "The Postmistress," a great book is crying to get out. Enough of it made it through that I couldn't put it down.

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About.com

Good

The Postmistress is a many layered novel. It is a story about love won and lost, a story of those who waited at home. It is a compelling account of some events leading to American involvement in World War II.

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Historical Novel Society

Below average

This is a well-researched book but somehow it failed to involve me in the lives and fates of the central characters.

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Independent.ie

Above average
on Mar 19 2011

There's no denying the appeal of this romantic wartime story, and it manipulates the reader like an expert lover but I was left wondering, where's the passion?

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NJ.com

Good
on Feb 06 2010

This book and a cup of coffee make for an ideal escape from winter.

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Jacksonville.com

Below average
on Mar 04 2011

Ultimately I came away from the book feeling rather disconnected from the plight of the characters and with no real sense of closure.

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AARP

Above average
on Apr 30 2010

...parts of her beautifully written book meander more than the Cape Cod dunes against which much of the tale unfolds.

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Novelicious

Above average
Reviewed by Cesca Martin on Oct 13 2011

As a reading experience you couldn’t fail to be impressed but I think we want to bond with the characters, really get behind them as otherwise why do we care what happens to them?

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Literary Corner Cafe Blog

Below average
on Mar 24 2011

...it lacks something that gives it a needed punch. WWII stories have been told time and time again. If a writer is going to bring us yet another one, he or she needs to make it extraordinary.

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