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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle)98. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Juliet Ashton has gained fame by writing a humorous column about World War II for a London newspaper, but now she wants to write a book with a more serious theme. As she searches for inspiration, she receives a letter from a total stranger, a man who lives on the island of Guernsey. He and Juliet begin exchanging letters, primarily about books, and their correspondence soon grows into a friendship. Through his letters, Juliet learns about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club that originated as a covert way to fight back against the German occupation of the island during World War II. She also starts receiving letters from several other inhabitants of Guernsey, who tell their own stories about life during the occupation. Soon Juliet has a book idea, a greater understanding of the war’s effect on Guernsey, and a group of friends who change her life.

I’d heard so much good buzz about this novel before reading it, and I have to say, it was all totally merited! The book is enthralling, warm, funny, and completely charming. I read it in a single evening and loved every minute. It’s an epistolary novel, and I found myself wishing I lived in a world where people still wrote letters to each other. I experienced a huge variety of emotions while reading the book, because the letters from Guernsey were so funny and so heartbreaking at the same time; I’d be chuckling at some silly anecdote, and then tears would come to my eyes when I read about the hardships experienced by the people of Guernsey during the war. I have only one quibble about the novel: in the romantic subplot, Juliet has to choose between several different men, and it’s not revealed until quite late in the book that one of the men is not a viable choice. That was a bit irritating to me, because I had thought he was seriously in the running! Hope that wasn’t too much of a spoiler.... At any rate, I absolutely adored this book! I might have to add it to the all-time favorites list!


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Sep. 25th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oooh I want to read that! Funny, I was looking for it the other day and it has totally disappeared from my bookshelf :\ but now I will double my efforts to find it...
Sep. 25th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I hope you find it! I'll look forward to seeing what you think. :)
Sep. 25th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you enjoyed the book! I absolutely loved it too, all the buzz about the book was totally true =D
Sep. 26th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
It really was! I haven't read any bad reviews of it, either - I think everyone accepts its awesomeness.
Sep. 25th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this book! At first, I thought it was a bit on the slow side, but it turned out to be a really good book. :)
Sep. 26th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
Glad you ended up liking it! :) It's such a feel-good book, which is strange because there are some really sad parts...but overall it made me really happy!
Oct. 1st, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
The title itself warrants a read! :D

This was sitting in my Amazon basket for a while, but I'm going to buy it after reading this review. Thanks!
Oct. 2nd, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
I hope you like it! :)
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