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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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May 07, 08

bookshelves: work-review-related-reading, 5-star
Recommended for: book clubs especially
Read in April, 2008

I've got to tell you that this is a WONDERFUL novel. It's completely in epistolary form, starting when a gentleman in Guernsey (an island between England and France) buys a second hand book with the previous owners name and address in it. Loving the topic of the book, and given the fact that he lives in a small, isolated place and it's right after WWII, he writes to her in hopes that she can help him find more books by the same person. It's an unlikely start to what will prove to be an life altering chain of events for many, many people. Dawsey wrote to Juliette, who happens to be a writer in search of a new project. Through some back and forth, she begins to learn more about Dawsey and Guernsey and what it was like for the five years that the island was occupied by the Germans. What really cinches it for her, however, is the discovery that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which started out as a lie to save lives wh en a group of folks got caught out after curfew, ended up giving hope, meaning and friendship to an extremely diverse group of folks. I simply cannot tell you how extremely charming and absorbing this book is and how well these authors develop multiple characters with real depth and strong voices. It's well researched and lovingly told. There's a lot to it--I think this would make an excellent bookclub pick.

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