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

Normally, books written in prose or letters, or even emails, really don’t work for me. Often I find they lack depth, development and a consistent narrative. Needless to say, I was nervous to pick this book up. Two things ended up swaying me: the over 500,000 reviews (and over 4 star rating) on Goodreads and the movie adaptation. While these aren’t necessarily the best reasons for picking up a book – I’m very glad I did. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a charming, complex book that explores how islanders survived the German occupation of Guernsey in World War II.

Juliet is an author who found her success writing newspaper columns during World War II in London. She has grown tired of the war columns and is looking for her next inspiration when she gets a letter from the island of Guernsey. Guernsey (an island in the English Channel) was occupied by the Germans during World War II and was entirely cut off from the rest of the world. As she begins exchanging letters with the islanders, Juliet becomes enraptured by the stories of the Literary Society members during the occupation, slowly unraveling the mystery behind some of the founding of the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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