Name of the Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Authors: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Publishers: The Dial Press, August 2008
You open this book, you smell the yellow pages (mine was a borrowed copy) and then you fall in love with the characters. Imagine a book that's filled with letters. Letters that tell a story, enumerate the history and the geography of a place. Let's you delve into the lives of the inhabitants. You experience their joys, their fears, their insecurities. You immerse yourself in their warmth and openness. You want to be Juliet and Elizabeth at the same time. You like Sidney and Dawsey, find Mark charming, yet annoying. We all want a friend like Sophie. Eli and Kit steal your heart, while Isola's world of potions seem too tempting. The ravages of war, the human atrocities, the times when good wins over evil, goodwill has a hard day, courage takes you places. You live the lives of these characters vicariously and you pine for more letters to be written. The contents of a little wooden box bound by a ribbon and those 'Wilde' letters in a tin box in the kitchen enthral you. And of course, what is not there to love about a story that talks of a literary society, about book lovers and potato! By the time you turn the last page, you feel like an islander, instead of an outlander.
Go on and read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society because living so many lives in 274 pages has never been this fascinating before.
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