Tuesday, 2 March 2010
On Sunday night, I took a break from YA, and went to see Susan Blake, author of The Postmistress, at Politics and Prose. It was a wonderful evening. Susan read from her novel, and talked a little about the research she did, and answered questions from the audience (and no I didn’t ask any, even though I had one, such a wimp!)
The book is set during WW2 and follows the lives of three women. Frankie Bard, an American radio reporter in London. Her nightly broadcasts on the Blitz are listened to by Iris James and Emma Fitch, both living in town of Franklin, Massachusetts.
Going purely on the small section that Susan read, this book sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see how these three lives intersect.
Here’s a little part of what Susan read.
A newspaper story had to be cast in lead, the words had to be bound and trussed, printed onto paper, folded, and delivered to boys who’d stand on corners saying Extra, Extra, the story held in a hand, the story bound. In radio, the story flew into the air, from lips to ear, like a secret finding it’s immediate spot in the dark lodges of the brain, the dome of the sky collapsing space, and the world become a great whispering gallery for us all.
Have you read The Postmistress? What did you think? Or do you want to read it now?