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The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
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Feb 05, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: 2010, big-l-literature, first-reads, historical

I got this an ARC, and was excited to read it once it started to get a lot of buzz. Plus it has a blurb from Kathryn Stockett on the back.
I am fascinated by the 1940s and enjoy historical fiction set in that time period so I thought this would be perfect for me.
However, I found it to be slow going and I thought the transitions between the characters perspectives were awkward as they just occurred between paragraphs and sometimes were not even one of the three main women characters.

I kept going though because the writing was spare and descriptive and at about page 130 the novel turned around for me, and I enjoyed Frankie's story the most. Having read mostly about life during the war it was interesting to read about what America was before the war, and I hadn't read a lot about living in London during the blitz. The detailed descriptions were haunting and well written.
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