The Postmistress by Sarah Blake- 361 pages
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.
My review: 3 stars
After just reading a similar tale, Next To Love by Ellen Feldman, I am challenged as to my feelings for this book because I’m a little tipsy on stories about 3 women and their lives during the beginning and middle of WWII. I enjoyed this book and it’s characters, especially Frankie Bard and her developing relationship with the doctor while in a bomb shelter.
What I most liked about this book in particular was the authors voice. She’s an excellent writer with an exceptional ability to create the sights, sounds and feelings with her words.
Tags: Book Club, Fiction, 2011, WW2
Labels: 2011, Book Club, Fiction, WW2