Friday, September 05, 2008

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

My book club's book-of-the-month was THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY.  It is one of those books that you just have to tell someone about--it's that good. 

Last year my husband and I took a cruise that called at several European ports--in Spain, France, and on the island of Guernsey, which is one of the "Channel Islands" between England and France.  My husband and I disembarked and spent the day exploring the island, and we learned that Guernsey had been the only bit of British soil actually occupied by the Nazis during World War II.  There's an occupation museum on the island, and as we walked through it, I was horrified to hear of the abuses and shortages the islanders endured.  Heartbreaking.  

In any case, I thought then that Guernsey would be a wonderful setting for a novel--to tell the story of the occupation.  But how to do it?  

I am delighted to say that Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece, Annie Barrows, have written the book, and in a way far more delightful than anything I could think of.  It's an epistolary novel, told in letters and telegrams, and once you get into it, you will be charmed and delighted.  I laughed, I cried, I loved this book.  It's brilliant. 

If you're on Facebook, I put up a photo album with my pictures from Guernsey. They mean a lot more to me now that I've read this book.  

Sadly, I've just learned that Mary Ann Shaffer died in February 2008, just before her book was published.  But it's a wonderful novel, and I highly recommend it.  

~~Angie 

6 comments:

Brittanie said...

I loved this book. I highly recommend it too. :)

Mocha with Linda said...

Sounds intersting. The title is certainly intriguing.

sheriboeyink said...

Ohhh, might have to check this one out. It's sad that she died just before publication.

Thanks for the post. Have a great Friday.

Cindy Swanson said...

You sold me, Angela! This goes on my list.

Accidental Poet said...

Well I liked the last book you recommended so much (Love Walked In) that I'll have to be sure to look this one up.

Christy Lockstein said...

I absolutely loved this book! It's been one of my favorites of the year (at 278 so far this year, that's saying something)!