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
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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