In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.
"I can't remember the last time I discovered a novel as smart and delightful as this one, a world so vivid that I kept forgetting this was a work of fiction populated with characters so utterly wonderful that I kept forgetting they weren't my actual friends and neighbors. Treat yourself to this book please--I can't recommend it highly enough. "--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love"
"Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows have written a wondrous, delightful, poignant book-- part Jane Austen, part history lesson. The letters in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society aren't addressed to you, but they are meant for you. It's a book everyone should read. An absolute treasure.
"--Sarah Addison Allen, author of Garden Spells
"A jewel...Poignant and keenly observed...A small masterpiece about love, war and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends." --"People"
"It's tempting to throw around terms like 'gem' when reading a book like this. But The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is not precious...This is a book for firesides or long train rides. It's a charming and timeless as the novels for which its characters profess their love."--"San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
""A book-lover's delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary."--"Chicago Sun-Times"
""I've never wanted to join a [book] club as desperately as I did while reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.... [The novel] is a labor of love, and it shows on almost every page.
"-Yvonne Zipp, "Christian Science Monitor
"As the letters unfold, Juliet--and we readers--learn the little-known history of Germanoccupation of Guernsey. We come to know the brave and endearing people who survived the hardships--and a few who did not....In addition to a fine story, this delightful book offers affirming messages about some of the most enduring forces in life--the power of the written word, the strength of the human spirit and the value of relationships, even unexpected ones."--"Winston Salem Journal"
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a sweet, sentimental paean to books and those who love them.... It affirms the power of books to nourish people enduring hard times."
--"Washington Post Book World"
""Here's who will love this book: anyone who nods in profound agreement with the statement, "Reading keeps you from going gaga." The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a delight. Tart, insightful and fun."--Mary Doria Russell, author of "The Sparrow, A Thread of Grace and Dreamers of the Day"
"[A] marvelous debut.... Reminiscent of Helene Hanff's" 84 Charing Cross Road," this is a warm, funny, tender, and thoroughly entertaining celebration of the power of the written word." --"Library Journal"
"Charming.... [Heroine] Juliet finds in the letters not just inspiration for her next work, but also for her life--as readers will."-- "Publishers Weekly
""[ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is] a nifty little cloth whose warp is bibliophilia and whose weft is Anglophilia.... I could not put the book down. I have recommended it to all my friends."
-- Erica Marcus, Newsday
" A poignant, funny novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.... This one is a treat."
"A sure winner.... Elizabeth andJuliet are appealingly reminiscent of game but gutsy '40s movie heroines."
"Fast, fresh.... A perfect novel for adaptation by Masterpiece Theater." --"Santa Cruz Sentinel"
"Warm, life-affirming prose ... an ideal choice for book groups, and also for individual readers."
--"St. Petersburg Times
""Delightful ... One of those joyful books that celebrates how reading brings people together."
--"New Orleans Times-Picayune"
"A book lover's delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary." --"Chicago Sun-Times"
"I've never wanted to join a club so desperately as I did while reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societ,,".".[The novel] is a labor of love and it shows on almost every page." --"Christian Science Monitor