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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“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


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    Several years ago I worked at an art gallery here in Anchorage Though I loved the art I wasn’t much good at selling it More often than not I just chatted up the customers who were from all over the worldOne night four elderly people wandered in They told me they were from a tiny island off the coast of southern England called “Guernsey” I’d never heard of it so they proudly explained it was the only part of British soil that had been occupied by the Nazis during World War II The island was occupied for a long five years an experience to which they had all been witnesses At that moment Guernsey was marked in my mindMary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow’s new book “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is an opportunity to travel back in time to 1946 GuernseyBeginning early 1946 in London Juliet Ashton a British writer and former war journalist is emerging from the ashes of the war to rebuild her life and her identity She has lost her home and all her possessions most regrettably her book collection Out of the blue she responds to correspondence started by a resident of Guernsey who has managed to obtain a second hand book once owned by Juliet in which she had long ago written her name and address Through this initial contact Juliet meets an entire community and the course of her life is redirectedEasily reminiscent of Helene Hanff’s epistolary classic “84 Charing Cross Road” the novel is written in the epistolary style Shaffer and Barrow skillfully use this medium to successfully establish their characters and a solid storyline Charming funny sweet and thoughtful “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is a story that women might find appealing than men Yet it is unflinching in its wartime recollections The deprivations and devastation of the time are imaginatively and convincingly conveyedAt its core this is a book about the love of reading and the magic of booksI highly highly recommend “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”