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

     In January 1946, Juliet Ashton a London writer receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, Guernsey, Channel Islands concerning a book by Charles Lamb. Her name and address is written in the front cover. Mr. guernseyAdams wants to know if she can recommend a bookseller in London so that he can purchase more books by Charles Lamb.  This begins a correspondence not just with Dawsey Adams but with other members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club formed as alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Nazis during German occupation of Guernsey during the war.  As the letters go back and forth between Guernsey and London, Juliet is drawn into the world on Guernsey. Becoming friends through the letters, she decides to leave London for Guernsey to meet these new friends and finds a new life.

     The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is written entirely in letters, not just between Juliet and the literary society members, but also with her childhood friends, her editor and his office. It is the story of survival during German occupation and the impact that the occupation had on the island. It is a book of romance and friendship, of loyalty and of betrayal, of living through a nightmare and still being able to laugh and smile at life.  As you read the letters the individual writer draws you into to his or her life so that by the end of the book you feel like you are a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society too.

 

(Ginny Edmondson, Vance Chavis Branch)

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