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The Postmistress

by Sarah Blake

Berkley Trade | February 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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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 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.

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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.34 × 5.3 × 1.03 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425238695

ISBN - 13: 9780425238691

You can’t judge a book by its cover...except when you can. The Postmistress has a most beautiful cover, but it is the story inside that makes this book so irresistible. As the story opens, World War 2 is raging in Europe but has not yet reached the shores of America. Frankie Bard is a young journalist reporting from London where she is an apprentice to the famed Edward R. Murrow. Frankie is trying desperately to bring home to Americans the reality of the war and the true evil behind the endless deportation of Jews. On the other side of the ocean, in Franklin, Massachusetts, two women find their lives increasingly swept up in the events that will eventually bring America into the fray. The first is Iris James, the new postmistress in town. She knows it is only a matter of time before Americans will be called. Her job is to deliver and keep people’s secrets, passing along the news that letters carry. A single woman, regarded with some suspicion by most of the town ladies, she is more surprised than anyone when romance comes her way. Emma Fitch is married to Will, the town doctor. Both are escaping fragile childhoods and Will in particular is determined to erase the stain left behind by his father. Their love, so deep and joyful, seems almost too good to be true. But an unexpected event with a patient unnerves Will so badly he feels compelled to leave Franklin for a time and so gets drawn to serve the dying and wounded in London. Emma must now be content with the daily letters which arrive at the post office. We are with each of these characters as events unfold – events they don’t control but which change their lives forever. As war did then and continues to do today. The Postmistress is at once both unsentimental and deeply moving. It is one of those books that stays with you long after you have read it. Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, notes on the back jacket, “...you miss this book all day until you finally get to crawl back inside the pages...when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it”. I couldn’t agree more.

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The Postmistress

by Sarah Blake

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.34 × 5.3 × 1.03 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425238695

ISBN - 13: 9780425238691

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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 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.

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About the Author

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