Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I did not want to read this book. The book, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, has a very cute name. Books with cute names just do not appeal to me. I like mysteries with hard boiled characters and plots that keep you on the edge of your seat. However, I needed a title to use for a book club, and it seemed like everything I wanted wasn't available. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is suggested for book club discussion groups. It was also a best seller, so I decided to give it a try.

The Nazis occupied Guernsey Island during World War II because of its strategic position in the channel between England and France. The story is about friendship and the support that friendships can offer during hard times. Juliet Ashton is an author who is looking for her next book topic. She begins corresponding with the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Guernsey Island. The society was born when friends were caught breaking curfew after feasting on an illegally hidden pig. They lied to the German soldiers that they had been to a literary club meeting. The tale of the German occupation of Guernsey Island is revealed through society member’s correspondence with Juliet. Their stories are so compelling that Juliet goes to Guernsey to meet them.

If I tell you more, the story will be spoiled. You will just have to read the book for yourself. Members of our book club declared this book “delightful.” The subject is somber, however the story is told with humor and compassion. If you too avoided reading this book, go ahead and try it. You will be pleasantly surprised.

1 comment:

  1. I wholeheartedly agree! I usually avoid cute titles, not to mention what can sometimes be a gimmicky use of the correspondence-only format. But it didn't take me long to fall in love with the protagonist and the residents of this special place. I was sad when this book came to an end, sure that the characters continued to live their lives and having no way to know what happened next! Highly recommended.


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