Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book Review: The Postmistress

Sarah Blake's The Postmistress is my book club's April selection. This will sadly be my FINAL book club becuase two days after it I will officially be moving to Red Deer! Craziness.

As you may know I don't like to say too much about my book club books on here because I like to save my comments for our discussions. Plus my reviews have been a bit lame-o lately because I feel like I can't fully concentrate on writing summaries and reviews. Let's pretend it's baby brain. People are often willing to chalk up my scatterbrain to the baby, and I am starting to believe it myself.

So The Postmistress-pretty good I enjoyed it, although I am looking forward to hearing what my fellow book clubbers have to say about certain parts!

From "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."

I'm always interested in reading books set during this time period, especially from the British or Canadian perspective, (The Postmistress is set during Word War II in England, Europe, and The USA). I look forward to discussing this one with my book club!

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