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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Book Reports: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


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I think I may have a new favorite book. If it's not number one, it's very very close to the top of my imaginary list.

Set just after World War II has ended, the main character is Juliet, a writer made famous by a war time column she wrote. Juliet receives a letter from Guernsey, an island in the Channel Islands between France and England that was occupied by the Germans during the war. The letter comes from a stranger named Dawsey asking her about a book he bought secondhand that had her name in it, wondering if there were more books by this writer. He briefly mentioned the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but it was enough to grab Juliet's attention. When she writes him back, she asks him about the Society.

Juliet begins exchanging letters with Dawsey, along with other members of the Society and through these letters, their story of the German Occupation unfolds. Juliet comes to love and cherish these people, and them her. In the second part of the book, she travels to Guernsey with the idea that her next book will be about their reading society and the Occupation.

The book is told entirely in letters between Juliet, the islanders, and Juliet's London friends. I have a soft spot for epistolary books. This book was wonderful. Plus, Princess Sparkley was very excited because one of the two authors, Annie Barrows, writes the Ivy and Bean books that she loves. The other author is Barrows's aunt who became ill and was lucky enough to have another writer in the family who could help her finish up the book.

4 comments:

Rae said...

I too love this book!! I am sorry to say I never knew that the Nazi's had landed in Great Britain during WWII. I love books that have a great story and I can learn from!

Angela said...

I LOVED this book! I wish it never ended because I could have read about their lives forever. My favorite is the dead bride game, Juliet plays. So hilarious!

Jill said...

I love this book too and I'm reading it right now. Somehow I really identify with the main character, which is rare for me. I keep crying on the subway for some reason as I'm reading it.

Shannon said...

I just finished this book yesterday and I adored it!
-Shannon

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