Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Guersey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.
My Thoughts: I listened to this book and I loved it! I liked the way it was written, in a series of letters. It made the people so real as did the voice given to them by the multiple narrators . I was in tears in a couple of parts, outraged at other parts and smiling through out. The book is narrated so well that you will love each main character and count him or her as a friend. Please, do yourself a favor and read it. This will probably be one of my favorite books of the year. After all, I am a sucker for a happy ending!
Official site of the book. You can even find a Potato Peel Pie recipe here.


Marg said...

This was one of my top 3 reads of last year! I absolutely loved it and I am recommending it to lots of people whenever they ask for suggestions!

Teddyree said...

Have this one sitting on my bookshelf, I'd better bump it up my TBR list

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