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The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
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Apr 06, 2010

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In her latest novel, Blake gives a striking account of America on the verge of war and Europe in the midst of it and describes the horrors of Nazi Germany and the claustrophobia of small-town, mid-century America with equal aplomb. Despite some implausible plot developments, Blake maintains the story's credibility with powerful writing and a skillful manipulation of readers' sensibilities. Although critics cited an awkward beginning, some expository excesses, and a tendency to overdramatize, they all agreed that the novel truly soars during Frankie's perilous journey across Europe. The Christian Science Monitor expressed concerns that the novel will be lost in the glut of recent World War II fiction, but overall, The Postmistress is a moving page-turner from a talented writer. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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