Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Review

While I was on vacation, I finally had a chance to finish this book. I borrowed this and a couple other books from a girlfriend of mine, usually her recommendations are pretty good. Even though this book started off slow, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for most books that take place in WWII. I thought I was going to have a hard time getting into it because it's literally all letters back and forth to people. I thought I would loose track of people and get confused, but it's really a unique way to tell a story. Even though the story itself is fiction, the German occupation of the Channel Islands is not. It was a part of the war I was unfamiliar with and because of this book, it has become something I definitely want to look into. If you would like to know more about it, here is a description from Barnes & Noble:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society begins in January 1946, when popular author Juliet Ashton, much like her fellow British citizens, is emerging from the dark days of World War II. As Juliet exchanges a series of letters with her publisher and her best friend, readers immediately warm to this author in search of a new subject in the aftermath of war. By the time Juliet receives an unexpected query from Dawsey Adams, we are caught in a delightful web of letters and vivid personalities and eager for Juliet to find the inspiration she seeks.

Dawsey, a farmer on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel, has come into possession of a book that once belonged to Juliet. Spurred by a mutual admiration for the writer, the two launch an epistolary conversation that reveals much about Dawsey's Guernsey and the islanders' recent lives under Nazi occupation. Juliet is especially interested to learn about the curious beginnings of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," and before long she is exchanging letters with its other members — not only Dawsey but Isola the vegetable seller, Eben the fisherman, and blacksmith Will Thisbee, creator of the famous potato peel pie.

As Juliet soon discovers, the most compelling island character is Elizabeth, the courageous founder of the society, who lives in the memories of all who knew her. Each person who writes to Juliet adds another chapter to the story of Elizabeth's remarkable wartime experiences. Touched by the stories the letters deliver, Juliet can't help but travel to Guernsey herself — a decision that will have surprising consequences for everyone involved.

Drawn together by their love of books and affection for each other, the unforgettable characters of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society collectively tell a moving tale of endurance and friendship. Through the chorus of voices they have created, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows have composed a rich tale that celebrates the power of hope and human connection in the shadows of war.

♥ Erin


Cole said...

I read it a few years ago and absolutely loved it. :-)

Krystal said...

I have this book on my nightstand waiting to be read! :D