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“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

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  • 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.
  • [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
  • 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
  • "[ 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. Boston Globe
  • A sure winner…. Elizabeth and Juliet are appealingly reminiscent of game but gutsy ’40s movie heroines. Kirkus Reviews
  • 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 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2009 Indies Choice Award for Fiction

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lillian O'neal manning | 2/16/2014

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    " not crazy about this book. Found myself just scanning pages to finish. "

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    " I enjoyed this book as a whole, but found it difficult to get into. Not a book you can read small bits at a time. "

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    " Reading this is like receiving a hug from a warm, comfy, gingerbread-scented grandma. I will come back from more, I am certain! "

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