The Postmistress

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6.5 X 1.2 X 6.1 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

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

Orlagh Cassidy is an American actress of stage, television, and film. She is also an accomplished narrator whose credits include The Ambassador's Wife by Jennifer Steil, City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte, and The Postmistress by Sarah Blake.


"Great books give you a feeling that you miss all day until you finally get to crawl back inside those pages again. The Postmistress is one of those rare books...A beautifully written, thought provoking novel that I'm telling everyone I know to read."

-- "Kathryn Stockett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Help"

"Some novels we savor for their lapidary prose, others for their flesh and blood characters, and still others for a sweeping narrative arc that leaves us light- headed and changed...The Postmistress serves us all this and more. Compassionate, insightful, and unsentimental, this masterful novel...delves deeply into the seemingly random nature of love and war and story itself...a superb book!"

-- "Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog"

"The Postmistress...will likely be snapped up by book clubs. There's both exquisite pain and pleasure to be found in these pages, which jump from the mass devastation in Europe to the intimate heartaches of an American small town...Score: A-."

-- "Entertainment Weekly"

"What stands out and makes The Postmistress such an intimate look at the realities of war is the consideration of close relationships as well as relationships with strangers, both those who return again and again and those who just pass through life and are gone."

-- "NPR, Booksellers' Picks: 15 Soaring Summer Reads"

"Blake captures two different worlds--a naΓ―ve nation in denial and, across the ocean, a continent wracked with terror--with a deft sense of character and plot, and a perfect willingness to take on big, complex questions, such as the merits of truth and truth-telling in wartime."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

"Blake brings history to life in her powerful portrayal of three American women caught up in WWII...Orlagh Cassidy's talent shines in this excellent production. She produces a convincing English accent and nails the clipped and taciturn New England twang. When postmistress Iris makes a critical decision about the delivery of a letter in her keeping, narrator Cassidy keeps listeners engaged with the unforeseen consequences of that act. Throughout the novel Cassidy portrays each character with dead-on emotions. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award."

-- "AudioFile "

"To open Blake's novel of World War II and the convergence of three strong women is to enter a slipstream, so powerful are its velocity, characters, and drama...Matching harrowing action with reflection, romance with pathos, Blake's emotional saga of conscience and genocide is poised to become a bestseller of the highest echelon."

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

"Even readers who don't think they like historical novels will love this one and talk it up to their friends. Highly recommended for all fans of beautifully wrought fiction."

-- "Library Journal (starred review)"

"In the years preceding the United States' entrance into World War II, radio journalist Frankie Bard broadcasts from London during the air raids. Among her listeners are several residents of a small Cape Cod town. Writing in starkly descriptive prose, novelist Blake offers a revealing and intimate look at this moment in history, moving back and forth between small-town America and war-torn Europe and intertwining the narratives of three unique women along the way. Actress/narrator Orlagh Cassidy does a superb job of rendering this quietly powerful story; highly recommended."

-- "Library Journal (starred audio review)"

"It is with graceful tenderness that Blake provides readers with this heartbreaking examination of the devastation of war. Her tenure as a poet serves her well, with each sentence painstakingly crafted, her prose packing an impressive emotional punch that belies its unassuming and gentle tone...The Postmistress is an expansive epic about the stories we tell and the secrets we guard--all as we search for the truth, sometimes blindly, sometimes bravely."

-- "BookPage"