BookBrowse Reviews The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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  • Hardcover: Jul 2008,
    288 pages.
    Paperback: May 2009,
    304 pages.

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A celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways

At first glance, readers may wonder how entertaining a book consisting entirely of fictional correspondence could be - a format that has been employed with mixed results by others. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, however, are able to use this style to great advantage in their novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The result is a charming tale imbued with history, romance and humor.

Comparisons between The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and the works of Jane Austen are inevitable. Elizabeth Bennett pops into the reader's mind early in the book, as the writings of the main character, Juliet Ashton, display the same sort of sharp, irreverent wit as the heroine of Pride and Prejudice. As with Austen's works, the main strength of this novel is the ...

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About the Authors
Mary Ann Shaffer was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1934. Her career included libraries, bookstores, and publishing, but her life-long dream was to "write a book that someone would like enough to publish." Though she did not live to see it, this dream has been realized in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

She became interested in Guernsey while visiting London in 1976. On a whim, she decided to fly to Guernsey but became stranded there when a thick fog descended and all boats and planes were forbidden to leave the island. As she waited for the fog to lift, warming herself...

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