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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Shaffer, Mary Ann (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.
Authors: Shaffer, Mary Ann
Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Dial Press, 2008
Characteristics: 277 p. :,maps ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Notes: Maps on lining papers
Summary: As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie
ISBN: 9780385340991
0385340990
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHAFFER 2008
Subject Headings: Women authors Fiction Book clubs (Discussion groups) Fiction London (England) History 20th century Fiction England Fiction
Genre/Form: Epistolary fiction
Topical Term: Women authors
Book clubs (Discussion groups)
LCCN: 2007047869
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This has to be the gentlest and most charming book ever written about WWII. It takes place on one of those islands in the Channel off the coast of Britain, an island that was occupied by the Germans. It’s my go-to book to recommend to patrons who want something sex-and-violence-free for their ag... Read More »


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Jun 01, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I, too, found this book delightful. I enjoyed the enthusiasm of Julia and the caring attitude of her two friends Sophie and Sidney. The characters on Guernsey were also lovely, although a bit eccentric. The British voice that Shaffer managed was pretty good for an American. Telling the story through a series of letters was a risk, I think, but she seemed to pull it off. I must admit that the historical background was one I had not known much about. This rather dark time didn't really intrude. It set the stage for the sense of community that we saw coming together to care for Kit. Maybe not a monumental epic, but definitely an uplifting story quite suitable for a book club discussion.

May 22, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is an absolute delight.Set in Guernsey,post WWII,in 1946, and in letter form,between a writer, her publisher and people she knew on Guernsey, one is given one such an insight into the lives of the islanders during the German occupation and the lengths they had to go to just to stay alive. How sad that Mary Ann Shaffer had to leave the finishing of her book to her niece, Annie Burrows, an author in her own right because of her deteriorating health.She didn't live to see it published in 2008. Her book remains as a lasting tribute. Margaret Leroy has since written in similar vein using the same subject matter.Nothing wrong with her book but I much preferred Mary Shaffer's version.

This is one of the best works of historical fiction I've rad in a long time.

Mar 01, 2014
  • Dianne60 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read this with a bookclub also and loved it.

Dec 06, 2013
  • stewaroby rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Read it for Book Club after resisting it for years and it was quite good. Not great, but quite good.

Nov 03, 2013
  • AuntCarolyn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Oct 31, 2013
  • lizapierce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I want to give it 6 stars! I love this book! I have never smiled so much in a book. 10 pages in and I wanted to quote at least 5 things.
I want to write more letters. I want to send telegrams. I want to start a Literary Society. I want my very own Sidney, Sophie, Kit and Dawsey! Juliet is perfection.
I cried several times. More than once I was crying enough to have to put the book down for a minute or two. But those tears were a necessary part to the story, and made the smiles even better.
Please let there eventually be a sequel! But no movie. It just won't work, so no one should ever try.

Oct 22, 2013
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A good book; my dad didn't care for it and it took a while for my mom to get into it but for me it was a nice change of pace. I have written letters most of my life therefore I think I was especially welcoming of the format.

Oct 19, 2013
  • dera444 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Nauseatingly tedious. Way too sappy and cute for my taste. Too many characters and they lacked distinct voices. My 90 year old mum might enjoy it though.

Sep 23, 2013
  • h3idimari3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By far this is still my favorite of books.

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May 04, 2011
  • emmapri rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 09, 2013
  • JuniperAvenue rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Come quick.... And bring a butcher knife."

Apr 16, 2010
  • Kemendraugh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

Aug 24, 2009
  • mking rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"What happens in Guernsey stays in Guernsey."

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