The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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.


  1. Thanx for the last line - I'm going to read that book - I loved the scene - your reading at the "Y" with Emma swimming, an art as well.

  2. Carolynne, did I give you a copy of La's Orchestra Saves the World? I think I did -- same message, different vehicle.


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