The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a book based on the aftermath of World War II. It highlights the island of Guernsey, a small island part of Britain’s collection of Channel Islands, and is written as a correspondence between Juliet Ashton and the inhabitants of Guernsey. These correspondents are largely part of what is known as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a reading group started during the war that was created as a lie to keep from being arrested by the Germans. However, it quickly blossomed as an escape from the harsh realities of the war, and through it, many of the members found solace in the magical worlds the books created. After the war, one of the Literary’ s members, Dawsey Adams, reached out to Juliet to let her know that he had a book in his possession that had once belonged to her. The Selected Essays of Elia, written by Charles Lamb, was the book that connected Juliet, a writer looking to find her next big book idea, to Dawsey and later to the Society that captures her heart–and her pen. Through their letters, Juliet and the members of the Society begin to kindle an unlikely friendship, showing us that even through the darkest times, there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel.
What a fantastic read this was! I myself am a huge fan of historical fiction, particularly books based on World War II, so The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was an absolute match made in heaven! This book was unique in that it focused on what England/Guernsey looked like after the war and how the war impacted their daily life as opposed to what went on during the war. While there is nothing wrong with that, it set The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society apart from any other book I have read on this topic. In addition, it was uniquely written as letters from the different characters. Often, the letters were to Juliet and from her, giving the book a base, but also showing the other characters’ perspectives. While I did find this a bit confusing in the beginning, it was easier to understand as the book went on. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it to anyone else who enjoys historical fiction.
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-your fellow book lover
P.S. if you really enjoy the book, make sure to go check out the movie on Netflix!
Hannah’s Rating: 8.5 stars out of 10.
Links (as promised):
Link to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Amazon here.