”Cora Blake was certainly not planning on going to Paris that spring,” A Star for Mrs. Blake begins. ”Or ever in her lifetime.” But like thousands of other so-called Gold Star Mothers — the American women whose sons lie buried in the battle-scarred poppy fields of post-WWI France — she finds herself on a government-sponsored gravesite pilgrimage, thousands of miles from her hardscrabble New England home. While fine dining in first-class train cars and day trips to the Arc de Triomphe can’t bring their boys back (or entirely bridge the cultural gaps among middle-aged ladies who range from railroad heiresses to Irish housemaids), Smith’s gentle, evocative prose brings graceful life to a wrongly forgotten historical footnote. B+
A Star for Mrs. Blake''Cora Blake was certainly not planning on going to Paris that spring,'' A Star for Mrs. Blake begins. ''Or ever in her lifetime.'' But like...A Star for Mrs. BlakeFictionApril Smith''Cora Blake was certainly not planning on going to Paris that spring,'' A Star for Mrs. Blake begins. ''Or ever in her lifetime.'' But like...2014-01-10Knopf
A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE April Smith
Genre: Fiction; Author: April Smith; Publisher: Knopf
Posted January 10 2014 — 12:00 AM EST
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