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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

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Member:CamroseBookClub
Title:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Authors:Mary Ann Shaffer
Other authors:Annie Barrows
Info:Dial Press (2009), Paperback, 290 pages
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (2008)

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It took a few pages to get used to the style, the entire book is told in letters between the characters, which allowed the story to be told in every character's voice. The story was charming, funny, cute but yet with the background history of the German occupation along with their more than fair share of horrors. However that part of the story is in its history therefore all the letter writers are survivors. Elizabeth is the main character who ventures to Guernsey to write their story, gets sucked into the charm and little by little gives up her London city life for quaint island life. ( )
  rayski | Mar 17, 2019 |
Great summer read, full of heart! ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
Thoroughly enjoyable and heart warming novel of the German Occupation of Guernsey in WWII. Uniquely told through a series of letters, the author finds a way to make her characters come alive. We learn a lot about the privations the islanders suffer, told with a balanced narrative, humour and wistfulness. A book to be treasured, even with a happy ending. ( )
  Zumbanista | Mar 14, 2019 |
This is an engaging book full of delightful characters. The historical setting plays a key role, and it was interesting to learn a bit about the place and time. I barely knew where Guernsey was before reading this book, let alone that the Germans occupied it during WW II. TGL&PPPS is a quick, enjoyable read and I think you'll find it worth your time. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
Lovely book written in notes and letters between an author and a group of people. Friendships are created and lives changed in this sweet book. ( )
  rmarcin | Jan 22, 2019 |
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"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," written by the late Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece, children's author Annie Barrows, stays within modest bounds, but is successful in ways many novels are not. This book won't change your life, but it will probably enchant you. And sometimes that's precisely what makes fiction worthwhile.
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society commemorates beautiful spirits who pass through our midst and hunker undercover through brutal times. Shaffer's Guernsey characters step from the past radiant with eccentricity and kindly humour, a comic version of the state of grace. They are innocents who have seen and suffered, without allowing evil to penetrate the rind of decency that guards their humanity.
 
You could be skeptical about the novel's improbabilities and its sanitized portrait of book clubs (doesn't anyone read trashy thrillers?), but you'd be missing the point. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a sweet, sentimental paean to books and those who love them.
 

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Lovingly dedicated to my mother, Edna Fiery Morgan,
and to my dear friend Julia Poppy

—M. A. S.
And to my mother, Cynthia Fiery Barrows
—A. B.
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8th January, 1946

Mr. Sidney Stark, Publisher
Stephens & Stark Ltd.
21 St. James's Place
London S.W.1
England

Dear Sidney,

Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold over forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food. Susan managed to procure ration coupons for icing sugar and real eggs for the meringue. If all her literary luncheons are going to achieve these heights, I won't mind touring about the country. Do you suppose that a lavish bonus could spur her on to butter? Let's try it—you may deduct the money from my royalties.
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Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books. - Isola Pribby
Men are more interesting in books than they are in real life. - Isola Pribby
Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true. - Juliet
I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with. - Juliet
I think you learn more if you're laughing at the same time. - John Booker
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Beginning at the end of WW2, this book is told through the form of letter between writer Juliet Ashton and her friends. Juliet initially receives a letter from a man on the island of Guernsey asking for more books. She becomes so in love with stories and descriptions of life in Guernsey that she decides to go herself. Through the letters she sends home and the letters from her new friends the stories of people's lives are revealed. This book points out that the lives of people were more important than the formality of the writing.
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In post-war Britain
friendships are forged through a shared
love of literature.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385341008, Paperback)

January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

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As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.… (more)

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