Friday, May 7, 2010

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

Released: 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a feel-good novel about relationships that build in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Occuring right after WWII, we meet an eccentric author named Juliet, who is contacted by a man Dawsey from Guernsey in regards to obtaining more books to read. Guernsey had been raided during the Occupation and all the books on the island had been disposed of. The aforementioned author travels to Guernsey, enchanted by the story of the secret literary society established, and makes life-long friends with its inhabitants.

After Dawsey and Juliet correspond the first few times, readers will instantly be drawn in. Once you get into the rhythm of reading pure letter correspondence, the book flows quite nicely, and you'll have a hard time putting the book down for a rest. The characters of Juliet and Elizabeth are kindred spirits and the heroines of the book, and it is easy for readers to understand how well Juliet fits into the Guernsey Literary group. I feel that the relationship between the characters of Dawsey, Juliet, and Kit are quite rushed, but nevertheless it adds spice to the book. Excellent reading!

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