1.28.2010

Book Review: The Postmistress

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

The great folks at Putnam/Amy Einhorn books sent me an advance copy of this title, and when I heard it compared to The Help and blurbed by Kathryn Stockett, I was excited to start reading it!

For some reason, I've been in a total reading RUT since the beginning of the year, but I bravely dove into this one, though I found it pretty slow going at first. We have three main female characters in a novel set in the days before America entered World War II: Iris is the postmistress in tiny Frankin, Massachusetts, Emma is the newly married town doctor's wife, and across the Atlantic, Frankie Bard is a female radio correspondent, covering the bombings of London during early 1941.

Blake does a fine job of weaving the stories of these three ladies together, though it takes some time for the threads to pull fast. The part of the book that most held my interest were Frankie's observations of World War II life and struggles during the middle part of the book - towards the end, I found myself wandering away from the plot again, much as I did in the beginning of the novel, simply wanting to find the resolution and move on than to savor the story. I think this is probably more a product of my reading rut than from a poorly written novel, as it has won rave reviews from absolutely everyone else!

I can see why it has so many wonderful reviews, but for me, this novel didn't resonate as strongly as I had hoped, though Blake is a competent, lyrical writer and this story certainly will appeal to a wide range of ages and audiences!

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