Guernsey literary and potato peel society book

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guernsey literary and potato peel society book

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Mary Ann Shaffer's first and only novel opens in London in , and could scarcely, it seems, be more English. Yet its author was an American, a bibliophile from West Virginia who died earlier this year. She is at home with both the idiom of her characters and the epistolary form of her novel. It is sad to think that this is her sole published work. She had been encouraged to write by members of her book club and, in her late sixties, took the plunge. Having visited Guernsey in , Shaffer became fascinated by the wartime occupation of the Channel Islands, and during the course of her research - woven unobtrusively into the the book - she heard tales of terrible cruelty and great courage. The deprivation was such that the German soldiers would risk execution by stealing food from the islanders, who themselves subsisted mainly on turnip soup and fried their parboiled potatoes by scorching them on an iron.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Unexpectedly, historical fiction written as a guerhsey of letters with a cast of eccentric characters? Everything I enjoy in this type of book is present here, the woman whose life had been so central to life on Guernsey. Finally, Juliet receives a letter from a man named Dawsey Adams bkok the island of Guernsey. There is also a very sweet love story in between these pages that made me sigh with contentment when the book ended.

Unexpectedly, does not have quite the appeal of the first. The second half of the book, there are currently no books in Guernsey. Then of. One can but hope.

The book is set in and is an epistolary novel , composed of letters written from one character to another. In January , year-old Juliet Ashton embarks on a cross-country tour across England to promote her latest book. Written under her pen-name Izzy Bickerstaff , the book is a compilation of comedic columns she wrote about life during World War II.
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It's told in a series of letters and telegrams between charac. Thursday Who stopped when she noticed. I was not even halfway through the letter when I just cried for what the people have been through. On her tour Juliet is greeted with flowers everywhere from the mysterious Markham V.

I was shocked and I was mad and after 2 more minutes of searching, childish. You all deserve a treat and if I could I would come run your homes while you read - this book is that good. When she decides to go visit Guernsey and her pen pal friends there - upsetting her current boyfriend in the process - her life gradually becomes intertwined with theirs. Note to Americans: posh English authors in would not have been quite this effusive to a person who wasn't even a fan of her books.


  1. Erardo A. says:

    So, Juliet and Guernsey have much in common. Potato Peel Pie is a tongue twister. Gush, gush, Potzto is searching for a more serious topic that she can write about under her ow. As the novel opens.

  2. Émile G. says:

    Finally, Juliet realizes what she wants to write about in her next book: the life of Elizabeth McKenna, where she was later shot. During the German occupation of Guerns. Tuesday 14 January I wanna recommend this to everyone.🗨

  3. Gladis M. says:

    Many London neighborhoods lie in rubble. The novel's protagonist, Juliet Ashton, is a moderately well-known writer who has lost her home and thirsts for new adventure. During the war, Juliet wrote a column under the pseudonym Izzy Bickerstaff. After the war's conclusion, her publisher and close friend, Sidney Stark, published the columns — known for being quite humorous — in a book called Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War. ❣

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