Narrator: Erin Bennett
on April 5th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Literary, Sagas
Length: 10 hrs.
In Keep Me Posted, two sisters vow to keep in touch by writing letters. Cassie lives in New York with her husband and twin boys, and Sid lives in Singapore with her husband, teenage son and newborn daughter. Sid is a technophobe and urges the internet-obsessed Cassie to give snail mail a try. Cassie wants to keep track of both sides of their conversations by uploading the letters to a (private) blog. But, things happen and now the sisters’ private correspondence are all over the Internet, with readers pledging allegiance to #TeamCassie or #TeamSid. These letters contain confidential info that could really hurt Cassie’s marriage so she’s really in a jam.
I liked the epistolary format and the idea of writing actual letters to keep in touch. (Who doesn’t love getting mail?) It’s fun to choose fancy stationary and stamps, and even the act of dropping the mail off was an adventure for Cassie and her boys. Writing the letters also helped to get the sisters closer as well as to “talk through” some struggles they are having in their personal lives. I’d consider writing letters too, but once the letters in the book were out in the world I reconsidered that idea!
We get to know both Cassie and Sid through their letters, though Cassie’s story takes center stage. Cassie is having an identity crisis now that she’s a full-time mom. Her toddlers are exhausting, and she’s feeling unfulfilled without her career. She shares her dissatisfaction with Sid but not her husband, so her bad feelings fester. She makes some ill-advised choices in the meantime and the lies build up.
Sid’s husband is absent a lot and she’s alone with the kids in a foreign country. The letters to Cassie help her to see things clearly and help the sisters get reacquainted as adults.
Erin Bennett narrates the audiobook and does a good job conveying the emotion and humor in the story. I don’t always enjoy listening to epistolary novels because they usually seem better suited to print. However, this book translated well to audio. It was easy to tell whose stories you were listening to by the context, and Bennett also makes the characters sound distinct. I sped up the audio, as is my preference and enjoyed listening to Cassie and Sid’s drama play out.
Lisa Beazley’s debut is engaging, fun and relatable. It has a good message and gave me food for thought. Read a copy with your sister and start your own letter-writing campaign!