Monday, March 8, 2010

An Epistolary Novel for Adults

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (2008; NY: Dial Press, 2009).

This is an absolutely lovely novel for book lovers everywhere. Juliet, a writer in postwar Britain, receives a letter from a man on one of the Channel Islands, Guernsey, that had been occupied by the Germans during the war. He had found a selection of Lamb's essays that had belonged to Juliet and, since her name and address were inscribed in it, feels inclined to write her. Their correspondence along with letters Juliet writes to her publisher and other friends and acquaintances paint an exquisite portrait of life at an interesting intersection. Don't let the odd title put you off--this book is so worth reading, with something for everyone.

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