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!