Friday, April 2, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (The Dial Press)

This book is one of my hands down favorites. It really made me interested in reading again after years of being buried in serious literature in college for years. It has a playful light-hearted tone that makes it a joy to read. It is told through letters written among the various characters. Everything is revealed this way. At first the main character writes only to her best friend Sophie and her publisher, Sophie's brother Sidney. However one day she receives a letter from a man the Isle of Guernsey who bought one of her old books wanted to know if she could help him find some more by this author and this begins correspondence that guides the rest of the story. I won't say more because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who chooses to read it. But as the encouragement its another surprising easy read, ignore any misleading hints from the title that make it sound complicated. And if the letter format sounds like something odd or weird it actually allows you to get closer to the characters and makes them more real. It also allows you to think about reading and think about WWII in distanced way because its written placed in the years immediately after the war in England. And oddly enough shows you the value of letters, which almost no one writes anymore. Overall, you won't be able to put it down. You'll laugh, you'll cry and in the end wish you could go meet these people too. I'm even asking, begging you to give this one a try and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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