The Guernsey Literature and Potato Peel Pie Society


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie BarrowsIt’s a wonder how a book can sneak up on you and grab you by the throat. I was pulled into this novel immediately because of the writing style of using letters between the characters involved. Those kinds of books can be puzzles to piece together as well as enjoy the story. That’s certainly the case in The Guernsey Literature and Potato Peel Pie Society.

This covers one of those incidents during World War II that was not widely known – it’s certainly never been mentioned in any of the history books, non-fiction, or fiction books that I have read that center on that war. I had not realized that the islands in the English Channel had been occupied by the Germans. (I’m still smarting from not knowing Guernsey is an island…)

This book is a low key book that makes your eyes open wide when you finally put all the pieces together and get the full picture of the occupation. It remains matter-of-fact, doesn’t have any overt violence, and a romance that is secondary to the major story.

Read The Guernsey Literature and Potato Peel Pie Society. I’m glad my friend lent it to me and I had to read it before she returned to the East coast. Otherwise who knows how long I would have put it off.


  1. Comment by Lazygal:

    Yeah, the whole Channel Islands under occupation thing is one of the little-known bits of WWII. And now one of them is under attack from within – something about an election not going some rich guys way so now he’s pulling all support for the island.

    I’ve never been to them, but I’d love to go. Need more time off and more money to spend!

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  3. Comment by Brasil:

    This story is written exclusively through letters. Unlike other books that refer to letters, the story, the character development, the emotion of the story is all told completely through letters written back an forth between the characters. I would recommend this book to book clubs and individual readers alike. The title may be strange but once you get into the story you will understand its meaning.