Thursday, July 29, 2010

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I recently finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This epistolary novel is set in post-WWII England and tells the story of the German occupation of the island of Guernsey, which is the second largest island of the Chanel Islands. The main character, Juliet, is a feisty, funny author who, by chance or fate, receives a letter from one of the founding members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Her correspondence with the members of this group begins as a desire to research the potential for a new book. It ends with Juliet's introspection and self-examination and a new group of friends.

I had heard that this was a really great book. And I enjoyed it a great deal. I tend to really like epistolary novels as a form. I tend to not love WWII books, because I just can't emotionally handle the indignities and atrocities of war. And to be truthful, I did find the parts that gave historical context and real war stories hard to read. But I did enjoy learning about this area/time because I'd never heard about the occupation of this island (honestly, I didn't even know where the Channel Islands were before this book--further evidence of my need to learn more about geography, per my list). I also love a sassy heroine, which Juliet is, for sure. The book is filled with other colorful characters, too. Pick up this book. It's well worth your time.

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