Leah Greenblatt
January 10, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

A Star for Mrs. Blake

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
April Smith
publisher
Knopf
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

”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+

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