Tuesday, April 28, 2009

23. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Rating: 5
July, 2008
274 pages
B&N Sales Rank #53!
Borrowed from D.

Told in letters, primarily to and from writer Juliet Ashton, we are treated to an unforgettable story of the German Occupation of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, for five years during World War II. The war has ended, the allies have arrived, and it's now time to rebuild England. London has been bombed, and Guernsey has been occupied, with no communication, food, or relief from the outside world. Juliet has written a series of magazine articles from the ficticious and often humorous point-of-view of "Izzy Bickerstaff" which were so enjoyed that a book has been made of them.

One day in January of 1946 Juliet receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, a resident of Guernsey, who is inquiring about a book tht he owns that used to belong to her. A correspondence ensues that introduces her to a cast of characters that are wonderful, caring, real.....and frequently quite funny, and which eventually draws her to the island. The stsory is part mystery, part love story, part history, and impossible to put down. I really, really loved it.

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