The Bottom Line
- The format (a series of letters) provides a quick flow and lots of perspectives
- The characters are delightful
- Interesting history of the Channel Islands during WWII
- It will make you laugh and cry
- Only 288 pages -- I could have read twice that many, it was so good.
- 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was published in July 2008.
- Publisher: Dell
- 288 Pages
Guide Review - 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' by M.Shaffer and A. Barrows
Dawsey's letters make Juliet interested in life on Guernsey, which was occupied by Germans during the war. She begins exchanging letters with other members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a hodge-podge group of readers who formed their society as an alibi to keep from getting arrested by the Nazis.
Through the letters, readers come to know and love Juliet and a variety of friends and foes on Guernsey. The characters are lovable, quirky and believable. They sort of reminded me of the characters from my favorite children's book, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
Eventually Juliet goes to Guernsey, which is exactly what I wanted to do as I got to know the characters.
Although The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society made me smile and laugh throughout, it is not simply a light tale. It is, in fact, about Nazi occupation of the island. There was more than one moment in the novel when I cried at the horror of the Nazis and war. The novel is, however, uplifting. It reminded me of the best of humanity, and the redemptive power of art. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story.