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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Jan 05, 2009

bookshelves: 2008-audio-books, 2008-general-fiction
Read in November, 2008

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows,produced by Random House Audio, five or six narrators. Downloaded from audible.com.

This book was recommended to me by someone I work with who also reads a lot of books. She said it had gotten some awards and good reviews. This is a book composed entirely of letters, and each letter writer has a different narrator, which greatly increases the enjoyment of this book. Juliette Ashton is a writer who is looking for a subject for her next book. She had written an article about Charles Lamb, and out of the blue she got a letter from someone on Guernsey saying that he had read the article and was writing directly to her to find out if there were more books about Charles Lamb. He mentioned that this book was the first one he read for the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society book club. Juliette wanted to know more about this odd literary society, and she soon becomes involved in receiving letters from several of the people from the literary society. I hadn’t known this but assume it’s historically accurate. The germans took over Guernsey after invading France because it was close to France, and because they hoped to stage their invasion into England from there. As the war went on, little food could get in, people were starving, and they sent their children to the English countryside to live right before the Germans arrived. The book club was born on the spur of the moment as a subterfuge against the Germans. This is a wonderful book full of warm and whimsical characters. The way the story unfolds in letters Is quaint but fits this book exactly. And the variety of narrators does make it seem as if you’re listening to a bunch of neighbors. I actually will be interested in learning more about Guernsey and WW II.


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