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“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

“Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.”

I had to put The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society down twice: once to have lunch and once to sleep (my eyes were giving up on me, making it all blurry). During my first break, while my mother complained that the food was getting cold, I logged in on Amazon and sent a copy of this book to one of my friends. I was not even 100 pages in and I already felt the need to share it immediately. The same happened while reading Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. I think these two books will get along just fine on the same shelf.

In one word? I would say… delicious. An irresistible dessert, I would call it, an impeccably balanced recipe. Both sour and sweet, saddening and joyful, heartbreaking and uplifting… just in the right amount. What a delight!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society shares its story by allowing the reader to go through the characters’ correspondence. I find letters to be such personal possessions. Not only do they tell a lot about their writers with what’s in them, they also tell a lot with what’s not (specially when you have access to multiple senders and recipients). It’s fantastic to witness the portraits of these characters coming together. One goes from not knowing any of them to feeling like they are family. I think that at some point I was already composing a letter in my head to send them. How wonderful is that?

There’s a little bit of everything. There’s life – and death. It’s real. And alive.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was an absolute joy to read! A wonder.


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