Monday, March 23, 2009

Book Review - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The book that I just finished for my book club this month, has a fun title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. But the subject actually is more serious. The story starts with Juliet Ashton, a London author, exchanging letters in 1946 with a gentleman living on Guernsey, an island in the English Channel. Juliet decides to visit, with the idea of doing research for a new book about the German occupation of the island during the war.

The story is very moving, and funny at times, as we get to know the members of the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club that was formed during the occupation. The narrative is told through letters between Juliet, members of the book club, and Juliet's friends in Great Britain. An unusual format, but certainly readable.

I never understood how one story could by written by two authors. At the end, in the acknowledgements, Shaffer tells about her niece, Annie Barrows (an author too), who "stepped in to finish this book after unexpected health issues interrupted my ability to work shortly after the manuscript was sold." The two wrote a wonderful story, and I would highly recommend it!

Looking for some good books to read? Ruthie, from RoseWorksJewelry just turned me onto this great nonfiction book review site over at NonFiction Book Reviews. Check it out!


Rose Works Jewelry said...

Sounds like a fun read :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I am in a book club, too. We read a variety of books. This month we read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. We will be discuassing it tomorrow evening as we visit a local non-profit farm and share a potluck dinner. And I will be posting about it sometime soon.

BeadedTail said...

This sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for sharing!

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