Reading Lisa Beazley’s Keep Me Posted was like reading a fun blog written by a light-hearted, and insightful person.
The sisters — Sid and Cass — decide on Christmas that they will banish social media interaction between themselves, and choose to exchange letters. While Sid lives with her husband and two children in Singapore, Cass lives with her husband and twin toddlers in New York. Their seemingly harmless challenge jeopardises Cass’s marriage, and the sisters’s reputation.
Sid, and Cass are as different as chalk and cheese. Cass adores Sid, and seeks cousel from her to save herself from a mundane routine, boring marriage, and challenging motherhood. Although she loves her husband and children, she doesn’t cope with her life well after losing her job, and realising that she is not ready to raise two children.
The sisters write to each other about many warm and awkward childhood memories, dark secrets about their parents, unfairness of each others’s lives, and quite often Cass bitches about her husband’s family too. In the old-school process, the sisters realise that they have become closer than ever despite not using any of the instant communication method.
Cass scans their letters, and posts it in her blog for posterity. Of course, the privacy settings are tight. But one day, their letters become an Internet sensation. The Slow News Sisters are appreciated and admonished at the same time for releasing intimate details about their lives. As Cass tries to wrap her mind around it, Sid encounters the toughest predicament of her life, Cass’s marriage almost crashes, and they start to receive offers to publish a book.
I liked quite a few things about Keep Me Posted. Cass’s voice was friendly, modest, and hilarious. Sid was bold, balanced, and inspiring. The sisters’s letters were filled with honest emotions, making them good reads, and giving us this voyeuristic pleasure of reading others’s letters. Although, Beazley has written a nice book on family, and motherhood, I particularly liked her take on reviving one’s love for writing letters, and the power of blogging.
Cass says about blogging:
I stopped feeling violated and started feeling validated. I had witnesses to my pain and my growth, and that was a powerful feeling. The vulnerability increased, yes, but as it did, a great love and acceptance welled up from deep inside of me. After what I’d been through, to find anything other than misery and embarrassment in a blog’s comments section — a place most people rightfully think of as the Internet’s seedy underbelly — was a shock.
My last read was dark and heavy. I really needed to cleanse my palate with something that’s usually called a feel-good. I am glad I picked up Keep Me Posted.
Many thanks to Text Publishing, and Netgalley for sending me a copy.