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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Hardcover – 29 Jul 2008

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"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

"Traditional without seeming stale, and romantic without being naive . . . It's tempting to throw around terms like 'gem' when reading a book like this. But Guernsey is not precious. . . . This is a book for firesides or long train rides. It's as charming and timeless as the novels for which its characters profess their love."--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"[The] characters step from the past radiant with eccentricity and kindly humour. [The] writing, with its delicately offbeat, self-deprecating stylishness, is exquisitely turned."--The Guardian (U.K.)

"I've never wanted to join a club so desperately as I did while reading Guernsey. . . . [The novel] is a labor of love and it shows on almost every page."--The Christian Science Monitor

"I could not put the book down. I have recommended it to all my friends."--Newsday

"A jewel . . . Poignant and keenly observed, Guernsey is a small masterpiece about love, war, and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends."--People

"A book-lover's delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary."--Chicago Sun-Times

"A sparkling epistolary novel radiating wit, lightly worn erudition and written with great assurance and aplomb."--The Sunday Times (London)

"Cooked perfectly à point: subtle and elegant in flavour, yet emotionally satisfying to the finish."--The Times (London)

"A sweet, sentimental paean to books and those who love them. . . . It affirms the power of books to nourish people enduring hard times."--The Washington Post Book World

"[A] marvelous debut . . . This is a warm, funny, tender, and thoroughly entertaining celebration of the power of the written word."--Library Journal

"A poignant, funny novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. . . . A treat."--The Boston Globe

"A sure winner."--Kirkus Reviews

"Delightful . . . One of those joyful books that celebrates how reading brings people together."--New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows have written a wondrous, delightful, poignant book-- part Jane Austen, part history lesson. The letters 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

About the Author

Mary Ann Shaffer, who passed away in February 2008, worked as an editor, librarian, and in bookshops. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was her first novel.

Her niece, Annie Barrows, is the author of the children’s series Ivy and Bean, as well as The Magic Half. She lives in northern California.

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