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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (August 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316738131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316738132
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Leroy studied music at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, and has worked as a music therapist, play leader, shop assistant, and social worker. She is the author of numerous books and lives in London.

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Margaret Leroy has written five previous novels. Her first novel, Trust, was televised in the UK. Postcards from Berlin was a New York Times Notable Book, and Yes, My Darling Daughter was chosen for the summer reading list in O, the Oprah magazine. Margaret is married with two children and lives in London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bookloverintexas on August 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a compelling read told very well by the protagonist/ mom about her mysteriously sick 8 year old and the family's relationships caught up in the crisis. Frighteningly, more and more people begin to believe she may be causing the child's illness. Margaret Leroy writes beautifully with fascinating characters and situations. This was a story I could hardly wait to get back to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lady detective on April 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is scary! There aren't any ghosts (except of course the past)- or creepy crawly things, but just the idea/fact that a concerned mother can bring her child in for a medical diagnosis & have the tables turned on her so quickly. In the narrator's case, the doctor's think it is she who is making her daughter ill.
And from there begins the unravelling- a marriage, the past, a life so seemingly comfortable & steady. Not only is the book quite thrilling with suspense, (will they take her child away?) it is also a meditation on what happens to a family in crisis.
This book just misses the 5 star mark by a fizzled end- the carbonated excitement went flat, & the last few paragraphs fell victim to the authorial hand. It felt like the author wasn't quite sure how to end things, so she copped out with a lame sequence- which I won't reveal.
Aside from that, the book is wonderfully gripping & I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Turner on December 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After reading The Soldier's Wife, I was excited to look for more of Leroy's novels. Postcards from Berlin is one of the most unpredictable, suspenseful books I have ever read. I never knew what was going to happen and my mouth dropped open when I figured it out. I can't recommend this book enough.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I found Cat a very appealing character, and the story of her troubled childhood brought a lump to my throat. Right from the atmospheric opening, when carol singers arrive at Cat's house, the world of the story is vividly evoked. Margaret Leroy writes beautifully - the book is full of delicately described detail and sensitively observed relationships, and the love between mother and child is tenderly depicted. From the beginning, there is a sense of unease, with hints that this perfect world is going to fall apart. As the trap started to close around Cat, I found myself reading raptly, completely gripped by the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.I. LINDA on July 20, 2011
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margaret leroy knows how to tell a story in such a beautiful way.her descriptions are very lovely. her characters are real. i wish i could give this book many stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Postcards from Berlin is an excellent read and a page-turner. Reminds me of a book Oprah would have picked except the ending isn't horribly depressing! Recommend it highly.
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Clever writing and a very different story. Leroy has a way of developing her characters with their flaws as well as their good qualities so they are very relatable. I have enjoyed all her books.
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