The Postmistress (Paperback)
February 2010 Indie Next List
“This compelling story is the perfect answer to that request, 'I want a really good book I can get lost in!' This WWII story of three memorable women has a strong sense of place -- from the shores of Cape Cod to war-torn London. The reader will relish every word and then want to pass it along to a friend.”
— Elizabeth Merritt, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA
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 naIve-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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About the Author
Sarah Blake was born in New York City. Her poetry and prose has appeared in "The Threepenny Review, The Harvard Review, Good Housekeeping", and elsewhere. She is the author of the novels "Grange House "and "The Postmistress". She is a graduate of Yale University and New York University, where she received her Ph.D. in Victorian literature. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.