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This book is a collection of witty, whimsical and charming fictional letters written in 1946. Most of the letters take place between a writer, Juliet Ashton, and a circle of friends and acquaintances. Juliet, in search of a subject, begins to correspond with a group of people on the Channel Island of Guernsey about their experiences during the German occupation of World War II. Eventually, she goes to the island to meet members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She falls in love with the island and its quirky people and decides to stay to write a biography of one of the society’s founders. The novel paints a complex and enlightening portrait of England in the days immediately after the war. Sometimes the conventions of the book become too conventional, but it is about the power of storytelling, and it tells its story in a way that captures the imagination.

 

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