July 28, 2008

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Now, I must admit to being a book snob. Part of my snobbery is I usually don't read books written by two authors, for me, it generally hasn't worked. This time it worked, in spades. Maybe it's because the authors are related, they're an aunt and niece. For what ever reason this novel works. Get ready to fall in love with a book.

It takes place in Guernsey, after WWII. Readers discover the island and it's inhabitants thru a series of letters. We learn about their strengths and bravery in very hard times. The entire book is nothing but letters, letters full of warmth, humor and humanity. As I was reading I couldn't wait to go on to the next one, to see what or whom I would discover.

I think these would be a great read for book groups, too.

I've pre-ordered, and sent this book to my Mom, my daughters, and my friend's daughter and daughter-in-law. That's how great it is.


  1. I just finished this book last weekend. I loved it!

  2. i didn't think i'd like it either. my rule isn't two authors; it's no overly cute titles. (like "divine secrets of the ya ya sisterhood" or "the sweet potato pie whatever it was blah blah blah.")

    but i loved this. it reminded me of "dear enemy." (have you read that? the sequel to "daddy longlegs"?) and it reminded me of "84 charing cross road."


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