I think the word that sticks in my mind the most when I think about this book is disconnected. There were many pieces of a good novel in there, but I didn't feel like the author was ever quite successful at connecting them into a cohesive whole. I found myself confused at the choice to title the book "The Postmistress", as Iris seemed less the focus of the novel than I would have expected. I thought the sections in Europe were far more compelling, and the characters found there the most sympathetic and believable. That said, I thought the writing was quite good, and I did enjoy the reading of the novel quite a bit. I would definitely read another work by this author.