Last night I finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which had been recommended to me by numerous friends and finally pressed into my hands by my friend Lori. I was sitting in the YMCA, watching Emma swim, but, public place or no, I wept when I learned of the death of a key character (I'm trying not to give anything away to those who haven't read it), and I wept again when I read the afterwords by co-authors Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Here are the final lines of the afterword by Shaffer, who died in 2008: "I hope, too, that my book will illuminate my belief that love of art--be it poetry, storytelling, painting, sculpture, or music--enables people to transcend any barrier man has yet devised." Amen.
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