Thursday, October 1, 2009

Barnes & Noble First Look Book Club Selection: The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

I've been fortunate to participate in Barnes & Noble's First Look Book Club and it's introduced me to many books and authors that I might not have discovered. The newest FL Book Club begins on October 5 with Sarah Blake's The Postmistress. I've just read a little bit of the book - I try to pace myself so that I don't inadvertently give out some spoiler, but I enjoy it very much. I wanted to share a bit about The Postmistress with everyone. The descriptions and book cover are courtesy of Barnes & Noble. Is anyone else in this FL? Barnes & Noble generously ships the books anywhere in the world - the book discussions are fun, particularly when the author, her agent and publisher participate!


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.

About the Author

Sarah Blake lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, the poet Josh Weiner, and their two sons.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I also got The Postmistress. I've read chapter 1 and hmmm, not sure what to think yet :)
    Glad your enjoying it!
    Natalie :0)