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

Potato Peel Pie SocietyPublished: 2008

Genre: fiction

Length: 274 pages

Setting: London and Guernsey, just after WWII

Interest: A random book I picked off the library shelf because it sounded vaguely familiar.

Summary: The story is told completely as a series of letters and telegrams. Juliet is an author on tour for a collected work of essays written during WWII. She’s trying to come up with a new book topic and not having any luck. A gentleman from the island of Guernsey writes to her for some book advice and she becomes intrigued with life on Guernsey during WWII. Guernsey is a British island but it was occupied by Germans and heavily fortified against the British. Juliet goes to visit the island and is drawn into the community via a makeshift literary society started during the occupation. She decides to write about the island during occupation, spurns the handsome jet-setting American publisher who is pursuing her, and marries Dawsey Adams, who wrote to her in the first place.

Final thoughts: I loved this book. I did have a hard time keeping some of the side characters straight since the story was told only as a series of letters. You really had to pay attention to the letter headings. Even so, I found the story absolutely charming. I saw the relationship between Dawsey and Juliet coming, but, as often happens in real life, they were absolutely clueless and everyone else was just waiting for them to do something about their budding relationship. The story of Guernsey during WWII was something I didn’t know about, so I enjoyed adding to my stock of WWII trivia.

Title comes from: The literary society concocted to keep a feast of a stolen pig from the Germans. Someone in the group actually made a potato peel pie to share with the rest of the literary society.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 66/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge



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5 responses to “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Borrows

  1. They are planning on shooting a movie of this – trying to find the money to have some of it done in Guernsey too so it said on the news!

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