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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Everyone else out there may well have heard about this book already–but I just had to post here and say: If you haven’t read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society yet, you must–it’s such an absolutely wonderful read.

Here’s the cover copy:

“ 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.

I had heard of the book vaguely, but knew nothing about it until I picked up a copy on a whim last week. I started reading and finished a day later because I absolutely couldn’t put it down. It’s incredibly compelling, almost unbearably tragic and poignant in places–and yet warm and funny and uplifting, as well.

I was incredibly sad to finish it–not because of the ending itself, just because the reading of the story had come to an end.

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4 Responses to “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

  1. Marg Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    This was one of my favourite reads from a couple of years ago, and I have recommended it to readers and non readers alike! Only ever seen one average review for it! Most people really love it.

  2. Marie Burton Says:
    January 10th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I do have this book and can’t wait for the moment when I can pick it up on a whim like you did. I definitely look forward to it!
    The best type of books are ones that you can sink your teeth into within a weekend and get lost in.

  3. Amy @ Passages to the Past Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!!! I SO wanted to move to Guernsey when I was done!

  4. jennygirl Says:
    January 17th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I haven’t read it yet, so I must be the only one left! I have heard nothing but good things about it and your review just cinches the deal. I’ll squeeze it in eventually.
    Thanks for the great review.

    Hope this finds you, the kids, and the hubby well :) Have a good week.

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