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Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

When I saw the review for this book in the Contra Costa Times, the book sounded interesting. I always enjoy a book that somehow incorporates other books and how the characters relate to them. The story takes place on the small island of Guernsey a short time after WWII. We learn of the German occupation and the effects that it had on this small island and the inhabitants. The story is told in letters.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book all the way through to the afterward and discussion questions. I was surprised to find myself pulled in; I wouldn’t usually select a book that was told in letters, but for this story it works so wonderfully. I found myself feeling close to the characters and wanting to know more about them, Guernsey, and their literary society. It was funny at many times with a light feeling—a humorous and crisp tone; it made me smile and shed a tear or two. I didn’t want it to end.

How the book got to be finished feels somehow intertwined with the story in a strange way.

A delightful gem of a book!

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I loved Gurnsey Potato Pie Society...

There was one part that I had to stop reading and I had a good cry, the writing was so heartbreaking. I was on BART at the time, so it was a bit embarrassing!

Jennifer Gibbons, Red Room

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Yes, there were definitely

Yes, there were definitely heartbreaking moments. I also found the writing to be quite funny, especially Juliet’s letters. I remember being on BART reading The Human Comedy by William Saroyan and I came to a part and it got a good cry out of me. It is a bit embarrassing, but at the same time it feels so good, especially to be taken by surprise with emotion.