Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

25894060Reading 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.

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21 thoughts on “Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

  1. This sounds like a good light read, which I need sometimes, like you said, as a palate-cleanser. It’s funny, I just began listening to the audio book of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, and I just got to the part where she and Ann Patchett start writing one another paper letters. Lots of talk about actual letters – maybe the universe is trying to tell me something! 😉

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      1. YES I am really liking it so far. I’m going to suggest it as one of the picks for our book group when it’s my turn to host later this month. Gilbert reads the audio book herself and I’m loving her reading.

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  2. Though as you describe it, the book was light reading, it is interesting how much contemporary writing concerns itself with folks trying to come to grips with the digital age.

    I wonder how many folks still write old fashioned letters.

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    1. Wonderful point, Brian. 🙂 I was running a little non-profit activity called ‘Yours truly, Mrs Pooh’. Please forgive me for choosing such a lame name. 🙂 I was writing letters to my friends’s children for a while. Because their parents wanted them to have a pen-pal. Although I loved penning those, the children grew impatient, and stopped writing after a couple of months. Perhaps, I didn’t write interesting stuff. Or, they didn’t like the idea of sitting, and writing to a person, who chose to be anonymous.

      My nephew, and I exchange snail-mails often. And, every letter is precious. 🙂

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      1. Dear Mrs Pooh, (not to be confused with poo) 😛 (I can hear you saying juvenile – I know)

        I love to receive letters of the physical kind – the excitement of looking at the hand and trying to guess who it is from; wondering over when to open it – now in office, or save it for later (in the evening) when you have the time to read it with exclusive feeling. Now since the digital age, I look for the callout at the top right edge of the window to turn a bright red from the pale white.

        I have a question regarding reading books – eBook or real hard copy book? That is old hat, my question is eBook or audiobook? What is your preference?
        PS: Audiobook seems so much “.easier”. What say? Now don’t kill me.

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      2. Dearest OT, not juvenile at all. 😀 Come on! It is the loveliest thing I wanted to read. I am glad you told me you like real letters, and I have your address too. Ha! 🙂

        I tried an audiobook once, but I couldn’t focus. The bloggers here told me that they listen to audiobooks while exercising, travelling, cooking, and running household work… But it was hard for me to concentrate. Maybe, I should try again. If you have tried an audiobook already, and if it is working for you, then it will help you when you do other work. It sounds easier than an e-book. My preference for the nonce is e-books, but I am going to make more effort to befriend audiobooks. 🙂

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  3. I’ve been considering picking this up and I think I’ve been passing on it because I’ve not been in the mood for a light read, but since it sounds like you enjoyed it, I’ll be sure to keep it in mind next time I need a palate cleanser myself 🙂

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