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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Nov 29, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: faculty-book-club, audiobook

The central figure in this epistolary novel is Juliet Ashton, a World War II London columnist. In early 1946, just as England and Europe are beginning to rebuild from the War, Juliet receives a letter from a Guernsey pig farmer, Dawsey Adams. Her curiosity is piqued when she learns the central place the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, mentioned in Dawsey's letter, played in saving its members lives. Juliet begins to correspond not only with Dawsey but also with other members of the Society. Eventually, she takes up residency on the island herself in order to research and write a book about the German occupation of Guernsey and how the Islanders survived it.

The multiple readers of the audiobook version of this book were all very good. They certainly brought the authors' characters alive. It's just a shame that one of the authors, Mary Ann Shaffer, became ill and died before the book was published. This will be her first and last book. What a shame! I think I would have really enjoyed following her.

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