The Postmistress

The Postmistress CDs CDs hoursWhat would happen if someone did the unthinkable and didn t deliver a letter Filled with stunning parallels to today The Postmistress is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocen

  • Title: The Postmistress
  • Author: Sarah Blake Orlagh Cassidy
  • ISBN: 9780143145448
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Audio CD
  • CDs, 9 CDs, 11 hoursWhat would happen if someone did the unthinkable and didn t deliver a letter Filled with stunning parallels to today, The Postmistress is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women and of two countries torn apart by war.

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    About "Sarah Blake Orlagh Cassidy"

    1. Sarah Blake Orlagh Cassidy

      Sarah taught high school and college English for many years in Colorado and New York She has taught fiction workshops at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, MA, The Writer s Center, in Bethesda MD, The University of Maryland, and The George Washington University She lives in Washington DC with her husband, the poet Joshua Weiner, and their two sons.

    114 thoughts on “The Postmistress”

    1. There are tons of great stories set during WWII. This is not one of them. It's not even much of a story, it just sort of meanders and then peters out. The main characters aren't much more than plot devices or symbols; in fact, the only people worth caring about are the mostly nameless refugees fleeing the Nazis, and the Londoners living through the Blitz. The sections of the book focusing on them are actually great. But if you want a book about a fascinating female character during the war, read [...]

    2. This books leaves way too much to be desired. Blake's book is purportedly a gripping glimpse into the lives of three women whose experiences during the second world war become interconnected. Unfortunately the only thing gripping about this book was the overwhelming sense of confusion that envelopes the reader in his or her attempt to understand why this woman's book was actually published. The attempted interconnectedness between the three main characters is contrived, forced, and unconvincing. [...]

    3. Snooze fest. I had a difficult time finishing this book. And, in the end, I never really "got it." I wanted more of an emotional punch. Three storylines wove together in the small Cape Cod town of Franklin in the months leading up to the U.S.'s involvement in WWII. So, there were 3 opportunities for catharsis. I had zero. Blake managed to draw things out for one of the two love stories so that by the time the character comes to terms with her loss, the reader thinks "weeep womp. Long time coming [...]

    4. “The Postmistress” is set in the years 1940-41, both on Cape Cod and in Europe. The reader follows the paths of three women – Emma, Iris, and Frankie – as Europe experiences Hitler’s fury and Americans wonder if they will enter the war. Emma has just married Will, a doctor on Cape Cod. She wants to make a good impression on the people there, and make a good home for her husband. Iris is the Postmaster of the same town Emma moves to, and watches over the people of the town. Frankie is a [...]

    5. Aaa dang it! I've been sitting here for three full minutes vacillating between two stars and one. It was o.k or I like it o.k like it- no it was just o.k but I did like it sort of. The dilemma stems from the writing. Wow. This was more beautifully written than The Help- and that's tough for me to say because I adore The Help but the language Blake used, the description, the rhetoric and irony- it's quality stuff and literally took my breath away- for the first 75%. The characters are easy to see [...]

    6. Usually I can finish reading a book in several days, maybe a week or more. For this book, it took me almost 2 months to finished maybe because the beginning of the story isn't that engrossing. The mid part till the end is the better part of the book, where the real action begins. I've read several war related fiction novels or real memoir novels before, but this one is a little mild compared to them. The story of the news correspondence Frankie isn't mind-boggling, rather it is just mediocre. I [...]

    7. This book has the potential to be great, but it's not. I had to force myself to finish it. This book read like a rough draft. With some major editing and workshopping it COULD have been good. Unfortunately, it was almost unreadable for me.I was interested in all of the main characters, but because the author jumped from different points of view so often, I felt like none of the characters were actually very developed. We only got a glimpse of each one. Also, there were many scenes that felt the [...]

    8. Okay. I didn't hate this book. I love WWII historical fiction about women, and the idea behind this novel is really pretty interesting and compelling. But - I am SO SICK of these characters in modern novels about WWII that are so "compassionate" and that act like they understand the war and the horrors that came with it so much better than everyone else around them. It just feels so contrived to me. It comes off as preachy and somewhat historically unrealistic - it always makes it seem very clea [...]

    9. I discovered this book after reading a friend's glowing review of it. From her review, this sounded like a book that I would love, the kind that I gravitate toward, and for the most part, it fit the bill perfectly. This is a story that examines many sides of an issue, namely war and injustice, and how we're all, whether we know it or not, affected by that issue. We can ignore it, we can rail against it, or we can face it head on, but it will affect us just the same. Sarah Blake tells her story w [...]

    10. Juxtaposes the stories of 3 women in 1940-41: an American radio correspondent reporting from Europe to try to get America to enter the war; a young American wife whose husband has gone off to volunteer his medical services over in England; the postal worker in the NE/Cape Cod-ish town of above young wife and husband.Blegh. This is a bait-and-switch book. Pretends to be a substantial, historical fiction *; really is an ephemeral novel. Bait-and-switches are the worst of all bad books in my opinio [...]

    11. Like many others have noted, this book started slowly for me, and was a little confusing at first. But by the end, I loved it, and the stories it told. Set in the years just before the U.S. entry into WWII, this tells of the lives of three American women, each impacted by the looming war in various ways. The heartbreaking stories of Jewish refugees fleeing the advance of Hitler's armies is central to the life of one of the women, while the other two watch and listen, via the nightly radio broadc [...]

    12. I am re-reading this book for a discussion group in two weeks. The first time I read it, I loved it. It will be interesting to see what the somewhat finicky ladies in the discussion groups think about it. I remember the atmosphere of the book more than the characters; the setting was familiar and the era of WWII is always fascinating. Now, I need to do discussion questions for it, maybe find author interviews, etc.

    13. I've read a lot of books that have examined life in the early days of WWII, but never one like this. Blake's novel concentrates on 3 American women during 1940-41. One is an ambitious reporter fighting the glass ceiling of war reporting over in Europe who finally gets the opportunity of a lifetime that ends up completely changing her life. Another is a somewhat OCD postmaster (it's actually incorrect, according to her, to call her postmistress) working in a small town near Cape Cod who struggles [...]

    14. The premise of this book was interesting. I'd definitely hoped for more. I couldn't keep track of whose overall story this book was telling: Emma? Iris? Frankie? It seemed heavily favored to Frankie and hers was the most boring of the three. I think the author was far too caught up in her historical research. I wanted more of the people behind the story and less of the description of bombs going off in London. Although, I have to admit, it brought that piece of history to my mind and taught me a [...]

    15. As I listen to this I realize I have read this before. This is a very good book. In 1940, Frankie Bard goes back and forth across Europe interviewing the refugees and trying to get their stories on air to America. Emma Finch is married to a doctor who feels he needs to go over to the war and help out after losing one of his patients. Then there is Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, MA where Emma lives. Slowly their lives unfold as they get closer to having their lives meet. Very beautiful [...]

    16. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake Genre: Fiction Rating: DNF(No Summary.)The thing about reading is that you need to pick up the book, and be wrapped up in it. It needs to flow well. It must be readable. It must be understandable. Words create sentences and sentences create paragraphs, etc. When I started reading The Postmistress, I felt like I’d jumped into the middle of a book, in the middle of a series, with no idea who was who or what was happening or even who the narrator was. The sentences [...]

    17. The Postmistress is a novel of if. "If I tell this story in exactly the right way, people will hear it and act on it," thinks the reporter. "If I don't make mistakes, the system will be perfect and chaos and random chance will be kept at bay," thinks the postmistress. "If I think hard enough about my husband being safe, he will be," thinks the woman left at home as her husband goes off to London during the Blitz. But if is a double-edged word and sometimes it falls the other way, and we're left [...]

    18. I loved this book because the majority of the book was so beautifully written. I loved the fact that it chronicled the lives of three very different women during WWII, a postmistress, as per the title, a doctor's wife, and a female journalist. It really is not that often that you get to hear the perspective of a women, reporting behind enemy lines, during that period of history. I found Frankie Bard's story to be the most gripping of this wonderful trio. Blake writes so magnificently in parts of [...]

    19. Quel coup de coeur ! Ils sont rares les livres qui transportent autant et vont ressentir des émotions aussi fortes. Ce qui est intéressant dans ce roman, c'est de voir la guerre du côté des américains, cette attente qui ne dit pas son nom et l'impuissance qu'il en ressort. A travers le personnage de Frankie, c'est le métier de journaliste de terrain et plus généralement l'humanité qui s'interroge : comment témoigner de la vérité crue de la guerre ? Que se passe-t-il réellement pour [...]

    20. sorry ladies– i didn’t think this one was all that great!!too disjointed — at the beginning it was very difficult to know who was who. i found that it started up with the assumption that you knew who all of the people were. the characters that were supposed to be the main ones never really did all tie in together, even tho they did all meet up at the end. i never believed that Iris gave a crap about Emma so was surprised that she did what she dido convenient — not one but two people (inc [...]

    21. I can honestly say I didn't love this book. And yet I can not give it a bad review. It is simply so well written and executed, drawing up the strings of the random pieces and painting the picture of the story of Emma, Frankie, and Iris that it left my heart pondering.So the story introduces us to Iris, the postmistress, at a doctor's appointment asking for a paper indicating she is intact. She then rides the bus back to Franklin and she passes the narrative to a young wife, Emma Fitch. Emma is r [...]

    22. This book was extremely powerful. Very, very good!!! The author, Sarah Blake, writes with precision that is so descriptive, you can just see everything. I'd have to recommend listening to the audio. The lady who reads is articulate, doing different European dialects so well. The setting is WWII in both Europe and the USA. Three women's lives cross in such an interesting way. There is wonderful philosophy in this book, which I personally love. I haven't read such thought provoking philosophy sinc [...]

    23. BOOK REVIEW“The Postmistress” by Sarah BlakeReviewed by Bill Breakstone, January 22, 2011A real estate colleague of mine recommended The Postmistress by Sarah Blake to me several weeks ago. This novel never appeared on the bestseller lists, for reasons I can’t understand. It was a terrific read! Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, offered this compliment which appears on the dust jacket of the book: “Great books give you a feeling that you miss all day, until you finally get to crawl b [...]

    24. The Postmistress was a book I was looking forward to It has a pretty cover and a sort of Girl Power title don't you think? The Postmistress, a female, will be someone everyone in the town will have to deal with at some time, she will have authority over all things mail or will it turn out to be male? hmmmm.The time is 1940-41 and the newly appointed Postmistress of Franklin, Cape Cod is 40 year old spinster Iris James. Iris sees herself as the very ethical bastion of order in a chaotic and distu [...]

    25. My daughter, Kerry, sent me this book, thinking that I would enjoy it as much as she had. I didn't. It's well written from the viewpoint of a radio news woman and describes in heartbreaking detail the horrors Jews experienced during World War II. But the author obviously meant for it to be more than that. Other characters were thrust in here and there, but they were superfluous. I kept thinking that it was building toward some conclusion, that everything would come together, and the reader would [...]

    26. 2011 has not been a stellar book year for me yet. I had read a couple of real dogs lately and thought this book might be the literary equivalent of a "palette cleanser," the way one nibbles a little pickled ginger root in between portions of sushi and wasabi to bring the senses back to a place of moderation. "The Postmistress" appeared to have an engaging plot, a setting to which I could relate, and several female characters to whom I might potentially feel a kinship by the end of the book. Yes, [...]

    27. I had a really hard time getting into this book, and in the beginning I almost gave it up. But I told myself to give it 100 pages. If I didn't "feel it" by then, I would abandon it. The writing style in beginning of the book was so manic and clipped that I had a hard time following it. It didn't "flow" for me. I have to assume that this was intentional, displaying the mania of the war and the brevity of life. I felt no connection to the characters. I couldn't even keep the characters straight, a [...]

    28. Joe says:A book that began slowly, with many characters whose stories got a little mixed up in my mind, but that at the end of the book, had emerged as distinct and heart-breaking characters, whose voices were, indeed, united. A World War II novel unlike any I have read, this book takes us into the streets of London during the Blitz, into the refugee trains filled with desperate Jewish people trying to leave Germany, and into a sleepy Massachusetts town just beginning to wake up to the realities [...]

    29. I received a copy of this book for free, sent by the publisher to my now-defunct Waldenbooks store. Our store closed before the book was released, so I didn't read the book as quickly as I might have done if I was going to recommend it to our customers.This book will have a wide audience. Many people will love it. If I were still working in a bookstore, I would recommend it highly.I started reading the book after 10 p.m. last night, and I had to force myself to go to sleep at 1 a.m. This morning [...]

    30. How have I not written about this one yet? One of my very favorite books of all time, it tells the story of Frankie, a reporter broadcasting from London who finds herself increasingly drawn into the war and Iris, a woman in a small New England town whose job it is to deliver the mail -- until the day she decides not to do it. Heart-wrenching and unforgettable -- bring tissues!

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