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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

From the Publisher:

“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

My thoughts:

I love epistolary novels, and I love books about books, so I was hoping that this would be a good read.  It was.  Was it perfect?  No.  But it was very, very enjoyable.  I liked the premise of the story, I liked the quirkiness of all the characters, and I liked the authors’ voices.  Now to what I didn’t like very much, and that is the fact that all the letters-written by different characters-sounded kind of the same.  Same writing style.  Now, considering that the authors of those letters came from different backgrounds, had different education levels, etc., they would have had different writing styles.  That didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book though.  I loved it.  Once I picked it up, I could hardly put it down.  Didn’t care that the story wasn’t very believable, it just worked for me.


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