The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Mary Ann Shaffer; Annie Barrows
(Dial Press, Hardcover, 9780385340991, 288pp.)

Publication Date: July 29, 2008

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“Just after WWII a writer is contacted by a fan on the British island of Guernsey. As events unfold and she goes to Guernsey, the writer learns of the misery, bravery, and ingenuity of the locals when Guernsey was captured by the Germans. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is like no other book I've ever read, and it's outstanding.”
-- Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Indie Next List Highlights 2008


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""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.



About the Author


Annie Barrows has written a bunch of books for grown-ups, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.


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