Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Posted on April 22, 2010. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: , |

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

This book is set post WWII in England, and reads like a collection of letters to and from Juliet Ashton. Juliet is a published author looking for inspiration for her next book. Her inspiration comes in the form of a letter from a stranger.

Juliet receives a letter from Dawsey Adams requesting help in finding a book. You see, Dawsey found her name and address in a used book of poetry he treasures. He explains in the letter that he cannot buy any books by this poet because Guernsey, the English island on which he lives, is still getting over the recently ended German occupation.

What intrigues Juliet is when Dawsey mentions the book club to which he belongs: the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Not only is its name interesting, but so is the reason the book club formed. It involves a stolen pig, a German officer, and a group of friends out past curfew who are slightly inebriated.

I have to say I truly fell in love with this book. While reading it, I was often found laughing out loud and reading quotes to friends. The story revealed an uncommon look into German occupation of English soil. The correspondence style provided ample character development so that I could truly feel I “got” the characters and could tell them apart. I loved Juliet’s perspective on readers and reading; it really spoke to the book lover in me. The historical aspects of the story were brought to life through the recollections of the characters. Over all, this is a definite must read that I recommend to most readers.

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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