Monday, January 23, 2017

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 277 pages

So I'm about a decade late to the party, but this epistolary, post-war novel is simply charming. In it, a between-books author, Juliet, strikes up a correspondence with the residents of Guernsey, one of the small islands in the English Channel that were under German occupation during World War II. Set in 1946, this book shows a side of the war that is not typically found in books about WWII. And while there were twists aplenty, none of them were particularly shocking; that said, the emotional impact of them was not lessened by their predictability. I very much enjoyed this book, and am sad that it sat on my shelf, unread, for so long before I finally picked it up.

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