The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press, 2008)

I have read several novels that took place in World War II England, but until I read this one I didn’t know that the English island of Guernsey was occupied by the Germans during the war. In fact I didn’t know Guernsey was an island, I only knew it as a type of cow.  This novel actually takes place after the war, when a London writer makes a connection with a literary society (we would call it a book group) on the island. She is looking for material for her next book and becomes fascinated with the book group’s experience during the German occupation – so fascinated that she moves there herself. The whole novel is written in the form of letters to and from the main character, who starts out rather light-hearted but becomes more serious as the story unfolds. I would have preferred a more traditional format but the premise is unusual and makes a good story.

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