The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This was easily the most delicious, thoughtful, moving book I've read in a long time. Set in 1946, between London and the Channel Island of Guernsey, the book follows correspondence between Juliet Ashton and her publisher in London, a dear friend and Scotland and eventually, a group of strangers living on Guernsey, one of whom picked up a book of Juliet's in a secondhand shop.
There are countless threads woven throughout the letters sent back and forth: the German occupation on the island, rebuilding and reconnecting after WWII, families biological and created, and the power of books. Whilst reading, I spent half of the time it wishing I could find out how it ended, and the other half wishing it would never end.
You must read it. I would give you my copy if I hadn't already promised it to three people.
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