Monday, May 10, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject in the aftermath of World War II. Juliet is a famous columnist in London and is well known for her wartime humor. She receives a letter from a resident of Guernsey that begins a wonderful correspondence into a world of reflections of a town under German occupation during the war. The islanders were very eager to share their stories with Juliet. When a group of locals were caught by the Germans meeting after curfew they invented a book club as an alibi for feasting on a forbidden pig. The eccentric group of members named the club the “The Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” and thus began meetings of an ecliptic group. Juliet is enthralled with the stories and visits the island to meet the members in person. As Juliet learns more about the lives of its members the adventure becomes a life changing experience for her. This is a creatively written book that I highly recommend.

Book cover from Follett

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