Set in 1940-41, The Postmistress is a story that follows the lives of three very different women: Frankie, Emma and Iris. The story is narrated by Frankie Bard, a radio reporter and journalist, working in Europe covering the Blitz. She feels that Americans are not aware of the what is really going on in Europe, so she is determined to see that the truth be told. Her reports are being followed, back in the US, in the town of Franklin, MA.
(BTW~~~~this is bugging me, so here is my rant. Franklin, MA is a real town located in Norfolk County in Eastern, Massachusetts. It IS NOT part of Cape Cod). I know this book is a work of fiction, but if you choose to use an actual town, I think you should get the details correct). Whew...I feel better.
Emma Fitch is newly married to the town doctor. He leaves for Europe to care for the war injured and dying, but promises Emma that he will return in six months. While Will Fitch is away, he meets Frankie Bard. Back at home, Emma anxiously awaits for the daily radio reports about the war.
Iris James is the spinster, "Postmistress" in the town of Franklin. When a letter arrives with foreboding news, Iris makes a decision about whether to deliver the letter or not. Without giving any spoilers, I'll just say that the lives of the three women become entwined, as the women search for understanding, and try to make sense of all that has transpired.
MY THOUGHTS - I was so anxious to listen to this audio book; the reader, Orlagh Cassidy, did an excellent job. However, this book took me almost four weeks to finish. The story, to me seemed somewhat disjointed, and the characters were not well developed ~~ I wanted to know a lot more about these women. Ultimately, I thought that this story had the potential to be memorable, however, it left me feeling dissatisfied.
Did you read this book? What did you think?
RATING - 2.5/5 Stars - Library audio book