The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Author: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
My recommended age: Adult
Historical Fiction

Shortly after World War II ends, author Juliet Ashton begins receiving letters from a resident of the Island of Guernsey in the English Channel. Tired of the "sunny" war stories she has been writing, Juliet becomes fascinated with the experiences of the residents of Guernsey, which had come under German occupation during the war. She is quickly drawn into the tale of how the Guernsey residents survived the occupation, the depth of their devotion and friendship to each other, their love of reading, and the hardships and tragedies they suffered under the Nazis.

This book is written as a series of letters between the main character Juliet, and the other characters in the story. While I generally don't love this style of writing, it worked for this book. The characters were both believable and likable, and the book was lighthearted enough not to be totally depressing, despite the horrors of the subject matter. Of course, it was also great how ordinary farmers and fisherman from Guernsey form this bizarre book group, which actually helped them learn to use books to survive the brutality of their German occupiers.  The story wasn't offensive, but did contain some cuss words. 


1 comment:

  1. Yep, I have to agree that the authors "nailed it" with the letter style of writing. Your interest builds as the book progresses. I think it's beautiful the way the writer in the story helped so many to have hope during the war, and had the presence of mind to recognize the sacrifices and realities of the war on her trip to Guernsey. Anyway, a lovely telling.


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