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. 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… 2014-01-14 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

A Star For Mrs. Blake (2014)

A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE April Smith
A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE April Smith
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 14, 2014; Writer: April Smith; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

''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+

Originally posted Jan 01, 2014 Published in issue #1294 Jan 17, 2014 Order article reprints