Friday, May 29, 2009

Natalie always says I'm a winner...

I never win ANYTHING. Ever. So I'm pumped that I actually won a free copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society from Random House! I follow a bunch of book blogs, including Random's, and all you had to do to win was comment on their entry. So I said...
Please enter me into your contest! I’ve been DYING to read this book, and it hasn’t stayed on our library’s shelves for MONTHS!
...(Which is totally true), and I beat out 39 other commenters. Go me!

A blurb about the book follows. I've been told it's one of those happy, feel-good types that you can recommend to anyone and everyone, and not a soul can put it down. (Comparable to Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, one of my all-time faves.) A review will follow once I get through it!

(From Amazon) The letters comprising this small charming novel begin in 1946, when single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton (nom de plume Izzy Bickerstaff) writes to her publisher to say she is tired of covering the sunny side of war and its aftermath. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams finds Juliet's name in a used book and invites articulate—and not-so-articulate—neighbors to write Juliet with their stories, the book's epistolary circle widens, putting Juliet back in the path of war stories. The occasionally contrived letters jump from incident to incident—including the formation of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society while Guernsey was under German occupation—and person to person in a manner that feels disjointed. But Juliet's quips are so clever, the Guernsey inhabitants so enchanting and the small acts of heroism so vivid and moving that one forgives the authors (Shaffer died earlier this year) for not being able to settle on a single person or plot. Juliet finds in the letters not just inspiration for her next work, but also for her life—as will readers.

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