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A star for Mrs. Blake, April Smith

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A star for Mrs. Blake
Title
A star for Mrs. Blake
Statement of responsibility
April Smith
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
An emotionally-charged, brilliantly realized novel set in the l930's about five American women--Gold Star Mothers--who travel to France to visit the graves of their WWI soldier sons: a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways. The women meet for the first time just before their journey begins: Katie, an Irish maid from Dorchester, Massachusetts; Minnie, wife of an immigrant Russian Jewish chicken farmer; Bobbie, a wealthy Boston socialite ; Wilhelmina, a former tennis star in precarious mental health; and Cora Blake, a single mother and librarian from coastal Maine. In Paris, Cora meets a journalist whose drug habit helps him hide from his own war-time fate--facial wounds so grievous he's forced to wear a metal mask. This man will change Cora's life in wholly unexpected ways. And when the women finally travel to Verdun to visit the battlegrounds where their sons fought as well as the cemeteries where they are buried, shocking events -a death, a scandal, a secret revealed--will guarantee that Cora's life and those of her traveling companions will become inextricably intertwined, and only now will they be able to emerge from their grief and return home to their loved ones. This is a timeless story set against a footnote of history: little known but unforgettable
Summary
A little-known slice of American history receives meticulous, elegant treatment in this compelling novel about a group of mothers who travel to post-WWI Europe to visit the graves of their fallen soldier-sons. Cora Blake, grieving the loss of her only child, pulls the group together to provide support on their difficult pilgrimage. Sure to be a sleeper hit with book groups looking for heart-tugging history. -- Kaite Stover for LibraryReads
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Tone
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Award
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10234612
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
A star for Mrs. Blake, April Smith
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Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9780307958846
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013023987
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780307958846
  • (OCoLC)868186567
Label
A star for Mrs. Blake, April Smith
Publication
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9780307958846
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013023987
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780307958846
  • (OCoLC)868186567

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