Friday, May 29, 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle)

by Mary Ann Shaffer (Author), Annie Barrows (Author)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. The occasionally contrived letters jump from incident to incident including the formation of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society while Guernsey was under German occupation and person to person in a manner that feels disjointed. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams finds Juliet's name in a used book and invites articulate and not so articulate neighbors to write Juliet with their stories, the book's epistolary circle widens, putting Juliet back in the path of war stories.

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