August 1, 2009 · 12:00 PM
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Our next book for the month of July is "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Our meeting for discussion/luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2009 giving us five weeks to enjoy this book. Here are two reviews:
From The Costco Connection magazine:
"The Boston Globe described it as 'A poignant, funny novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit' and the Chicago Sun-Times called it 'a book lover's delight.' No wonder it was chosen as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' novel begins after World War II, as a writer seeks to make sense of the turmoil and suffering she's witnessed. But when she starts receiving letters from various people from all walks of life -- with a multitude of viewpoints on what they too have been through-- she begins to see the world in a new light."
From Bookmarks Magazine:
Traditional without seeming stale, and romantic without being naïve' (San Francisco Chronicle), this epistolary novel, based on Mary Ann Shaffer’s painstaking, lifelong research, is a homage to booklovers and a nostalgic portrayal of an era. As her quirky, loveable characters cite the works of Shakespeare, Austen, and the Brontës, Shaffer subtly weaves those writers’ themes into her own narrative. However, it is the tragic stories of life under Nazi occupation that animate the novel and give it its urgency; furthermore, the novel explores the darker side of human nature without becoming maudlin."