11.17.2008

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Burrows

Oh.

Oh, I LOVED this book.

I don't even know where to begin.

Okay, here goes: this is an epistolary novel, written primarily in letters to and from Juliet Ashton in 1946. Juliet is an authoress who is contacted by Dawsey, who is interested in her writings, and those of Charles Lamb.

What follows is a written correspondence between Juliet and Dawsey, as well as his fellow members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a secret reading group that formed on Guernsey during the dark days of World War II, when the island (one of the Channel Islands) was occupied by the Germans.

This is full of truly charming characters, a lovely plot, some laugh out loud prose, and just a promise that even in the world's worst days, there are still people full of life and opinions and caring for one another.

I became a part of this small society, and truly mourned when the book was over. I already miss Juliet and her voice and opinions, as well as Dawsey, Amelia, Kit and all the rest.

This is a beautifully written, easy to read, wonderfully inspiring story, and I'm just sorry it wasn't longer. It only took a day to read, but I'm already eager to r-read it.

I'm going to have to buy this one. For me, this is truly high praise indeed...

HIGHLY, highly recommended! I loved it!

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