2009: 5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“Dear Sidney,  

Susan Scott is a wonder.  We sold over forty copies of the book, which is very pleasant, but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food.”

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

This is an absolutely charming novel, a story (told through letters - when was the last time you read something espistolary?) about what happened in Guernsey during the Second World War.  Guernsey was occupied by the Germans, and in the immediate post war years our narrator, the author Juliet Ashton, become, through a stroke of luck, involved with some Guernsey natives who tell her their story.  I hate to say more because the fun of the book is learning what happened from the delightful characters, but I will say that the authors manage to tell us about the (often horrible) history of the island in a way that is totally entertaining and even uplifting without sugarcoating the sadness at all, and that alone is a feat.  It is a book that is somehow light as air, but with a real substance, too.   I couldn’t recommend it more strongly.

 

Date/Place Completed: 1/7/09; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Library Book

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