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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

49 Ratings: 2.1
A book by Mary Ann Shaffer

The letters comprising this small charming novel begin in 1946, when single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton (nom de plume Izzy Bickerstaff) writes to her publisher to say she is tired of covering the sunny side of war and its aftermath. When Guernsey … see full wiki

Author: Mary Ann Shaffer
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: The Dial Press
Date Published: July 29, 2008
16 reviews about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie...
review by . May 04, 2011
I had heard people talking about this book ever since it was published--countless people I know had read it and loved it--so I bought it; but then I found myself passing it by on my TBR (to be read) shelf time and time again because I wasn't sure it was my cup of tea (as it turns out, I misunderstood what the book was about from the descriptions I was given). Then I met a new friend and neighbor and she kept at me about it, saying I must read it. FINALLY, after close to two years gathering dust …
review by . January 17, 2010
The Guernsey Society seems a bit old fashioned
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer is a charming epistolary novel (for those of you who forgot your high school English terms, that means that the book is a series of letters) but perhaps too charming.   In the novel, a young, unmarried British writer named Juliet has found success with a series of newspaper columns during WWII. Now (in 1946) the columns are compiled as a book and she's even more successful. As she searches for a new topic to tackle, …
review by . March 11, 2011
   Okay, that’s definitely a long title. It’s also a perfect title for a perfectly entertaining, intriguing and informative love story, world war II drama, and mystery with a twist. The twist is that the story’s told entirely in letters between the characters. The wonder is it works so perfectly.      A writer looking for a book idea after wartime success finds herself accidentally corresponding with people who’ve lived through the German occupation …
review by . July 10, 2010
  When my mother recommended this book to me, I took a look at the cover quotes and found myself immediately skeptical. Phrases like "New York Times Bestseller" and a recommendation from the author of "Eat Pray Love" don't always lend themselves as a marker of a mindful read.  However, after giving it a chance I was pleasantly surprised. This novel explores the experiences of a collection of  characters in both Guernsey and England and their coping mechanisms …
review by . June 24, 2010
I admit; this was a hard book to get into.  It is written in a series of letters between the main character (Juliette, if I remember right), and her publisher Sydney, plus many others, most of whom are members of a literary society that was formed by an unlikely group of people thrown together by events during WWII, on the Channel Island of Guernsey.  This book has it all: romance, suspense, humor, horror.  Once I got used to the manner of writing, I loved reading how each character …
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
Poverty and suffering are AWESOME, apparently. I threw the book into the wall when the author used the word "random" to mean "unexpected," in her faux-period letters, a meaning that emerged in the computer age. I give this book a big fat *fart sound*.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
A book lovers book - I didn't want it to end. My book club loved discussing all of the characters in this one.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Could not get into it. Not sure what the hype is all about.
review by . June 02, 2010
Pros: Literary; entertaining; excellent character development; not formulaic; exquisite audio rendition.     Cons: Irreverent and immoral in places; unrealistic ending; pacing concerns; similar styles among characters.     The Bottom Line: Reading this book will help you discuss both tragedy and whimsy using a British accent--unless you already have one. In that case, this work may prove disappointingly inaccurate.     Dear Readers,     …
review by . May 27, 2010
Sentimental tale
The year is 1946, and British writer Juliet is feeling restless. She wants to write something new but doesn't know what. As luck would have it, she receives a letter from a Guernsey man and a pen-friendship develops. He tells her about the island literary society and its unusual history, and before she knows it she is corresponding with all the members and planning to visit them in person.       Written entirely as a series of letters between Juliet and her friends, this book …
review by . July 23, 2009
I picked this up on a whim and can say that there are not enough words to describe how wonderful this book really is. This is definitnely one of the best books I've read this year.     Set in England and the Channel island of Guernsey immediately following World War II, we meet Juliet Ashton (our protagonist and writer) who suddenly receives a letter from Dawsey Adams (Guernsey dweller) requesting some information on author, Charles Lamb. Thus begins a correspondence that leads …
review by . June 24, 2009
It is 1946 and Juliet Ashton is looking for an idea for her next book. She found wonderful success during World War II writing humor pieces to distract fellow British citizens from the horrors of war, but now she wants to write something different. A letter from someone she doesn't even know might give her the inspiration she need. As Juliet and Dawsey Adams, a resident of the island of Guernsey, which was occupied by the Nazis during the war, correspond, Juliet discovers a group of brave people …
review by . April 19, 2009
Pros: Engaging, warm, funny, enlightening     Cons: Ending a bit fuzzy     The Bottom Line: A warm and entertaining account of a reading group in the Channel ISlands during the WW2 occupation     If we are not to judge a book by its cover, does that include the title? Over the last few years there has been an obvious trend of very quirky and eye-catching titles (A History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Sunday …
review by . October 22, 2008
Juliet Ashton is on a promotional tour for her recently published book. Life in 1946 London has its challenges but thirty-something Juliet is a buoyant young woman. She receives a letter from a Guernseyman named Dawsey Adams who is in possession of a book of essays by Charles Lamb that had belonged to Juliet; he wants her help in obtaining a biography of Lamb. Their correspondence blossoms and she grows fascinated with the story of Dawsey and his friends, their island's occupation by German troops …
review by . July 25, 2008
What a wonderful book! Having just finished this one, I am still smiling and thinking of the characters. Had I the time and money, I'd be booking a trip for Guernsey right this minute. As it is, I feel as though I've already visited and been made to feel at home.    Set in both London and Guernsey Island, this novel follows author Juliet as she becomes friends with the inhabitants of the island shortly after the end of World War 2. Told in epistolary style, Juliet learns of the …
review by . July 24, 2008
I've had an interest in the Channel Islands for the last couple years now. I was probably one of the few people in North America to notice when, earlier this year, Sark strode boldly into the 16th century and abolished the feudal system.    That interest is the only reason I wound up getting this book, and what a treat it turned out to be!    This was a very sweet, entertaining little book. A quick read, as it's entirely in the format of letters and telegrams, …
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