The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Mary Ann Shaffer; Annie Barrows
(Dial Press, Paperback, 9780385341004, 290pp.)

Publication Date: May 5, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“By the third page of this wonderful epistolary novel of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, I was captivated by its characters, especially the charming, self-effacing author, Juliet Ashton, and her emerging friendship, conducted by post, with the recently liberated islanders. The whole novel is an homage to books and bibliophiles, and a moving reflection on the horrors of war.”
-- Cheryl McKeon, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List
“Just after World War II, a journalist and author is looking for her next big project when by chance, she receives a letter from a man on Guernsey, the British island that was occupied by the Germans. Gradually she becomes absorbed into the stories and lives of the island's inhabitants. Funny, poignant, and charming, this is a novel that would make a marvelous read for anyone.”
-- Ray Nurmi, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI


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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.

"From the Hardcover edition.




About the Author


Annie grew up in Northern California, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Medieval History. After earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Mills College, Annie wrote a number of books for grown-ups. In 2003, Annie grew weary of grown-ups, and began to write for kids, which she found to be way more fun. Her first children's book, Ivy and Bean, was an ALA Notable Book for 2007.


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  1. What was it like to read a novel composed entirely of letters? What do letters offer that no other form of writing (not even emails) can convey?

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