The Resource A Star for Mrs. Blake, by April Smith

A Star for Mrs. Blake, by April Smith

Label
A Star for Mrs. Blake
Title
A Star for Mrs. Blake
Statement of responsibility
by April Smith
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
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
Meeting for the first time for a shared pilgrimage to France to visit the graves of their World War I soldier sons, an Irish maid, a chicken farmer's wife, a Boston socialite, a former tennis star and a librarian meet a brutally scarred journalist before confronting a shocking secret set against a lesser-known historical event
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
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Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10234612
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, April
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World War (1914-1918)
  • Mothers and sons
  • Parental grief
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Cemeteries
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Cemeteries
  • Mothers and sons
  • Parental grief
  • United States
  • France
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
A Star for Mrs. Blake, by April Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
996996
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9780307958846
Lccn
2013023987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780307958846
  • (OCoLC)846889299
Label
A Star for Mrs. Blake, by April Smith
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
996996
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9780307958846
Lccn
2013023987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780307958846
  • (OCoLC)846889299

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