Julie Matthies, May 20, 2013 (view all comments by Julie Matthies)
Why did I wait so long to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? A book about books, a book club and readers set on an island right after WWII. All favorites for me and surprise! this book has made it on to my favorites list. The writing is witty, the story charming and characters so lovable. I have a feeling I'm one of the only who hadn't read this book until now, but if you haven't, read it. It'll take you into a delightful world you won't want to leave.
Bibliophile810, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Bibliophile810)
This novel consists of letters written back and forth between a newspaper columnist, her editor, and a group of quirky characters on a lonely island during WWII. The story unfolds with humor and charm as we discover the unique residents on the island and how they endure the German occupation. Their individual memories weave a story that concenters around a brave young woman eventually sent to a concentration camp. Although a work of fiction, I found the characters believable and their lives a reflection of the indomitability of the human spirit.
Perfect for book groups, a charming series of letters make up this short novel set in post-WWII Europe. The correspondents, drawn together by their love of books and affection for each other, collectively tell a moving tale of endurance and friendship in the shadow of war.
Written in letter form, this enchanting novel will completely win you over. Set in 1946, Guernsey's characters are utterly charming as they try to navigate the occupation of their island by the Germans. So vivid, so sweet, so irresistible; you will want to move to Guernsey like I did! You will love this book!
by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love,
"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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Elizabeth and Juliet are appealingly reminiscent of game but gutsy '40s movie heroines. The engrossing subject matter and lively writing make this a sure winner, perhaps fodder for a TV series."
by Library Journal (Starred Review),
"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. This marvelous debut novel, sure to have book club appeal, is highly recommended."
"Written in the form of letters (a lost art), this novel by an aunt-and-niece team has loads of charm, especially as long as Juliet is still in London corresponding with the society members."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"A book-lover's delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary."
by Christian Science Monitor,
"I've never wanted to join a club so 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."
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.
by Random House,
January 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.
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