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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society begins in 1946 when English writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from someone on Guernsey Island seeking help finding a book by Charles Lamb. This begins an exchange of letters between Juliet and a group of people who call themselves The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Guernsey was occupied by the Germans during the war and when a group of people were caught out after curfew, they came up with a manufactured claim that they were a book club that ran late. So they were forced to begin one to keep the lie current. Soon they added food to their meetings too. Juliet is so taken by this interesting and disparate group of book lovers, that she has to travel to Guernsey to meet them for herself. The debut novel, started by Mary Ann Shaffer before her death and finished by her niece Annie Barrows, has received positive reviews with the San Francisco Chronicle saying, "It's tempting to throw around terms like 'gem' when reading a book like this. But Guernsey is not precious; it's dear, or even darling. This is a book for firesides or long train rides. It's as charming and timeless as the novels for which its characters profess their love."