Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Soc.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (reviewed August 10, 2017)
We really enjoyed this book, with nobody giving less than 3.5 marks out of 5.0
“One to lift even the most cynical of spirits.” The Times.
“A sparkling epistolary novel radiating wit, lightly worn erudition and written with great assurance and aplomb.” Sunday Times,
“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an epistolary novel about Juliet Ashton's association with a fascinating literary society.” Bookrags.com study guide
“The novel is set in January 1946 as London emerges from the Second World War, with many London neighbourhoods in rubble. The novel's protagonist, Juliet Ashton, is a moderately well-known writer who has lost her home.
The novel unfolds through a series of correspondences. Juliet receives a letter from a man named Dawsey Adams on the island of Guernsey. He writes to her because books are so rare on Guernsey, and he would like to gain more — particularly for the island's book club, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
The most central character that the islanders speak of is Elizabeth McKenna, a young woman who, during the German occupation of Guernsey, was deported to a concentration camp. When German soldiers controlled Guernsey during the occupation of the Channel Islands from 1940 to 1945, the islanders were severely oppressed. When a pig died, several farmers would pass around its carcass, each reporting the death of their own personal pig. Farmers could then slaughter one of their pigs in secrecy and eat with neighbours.
After corresponding, Juliet decides to visit her new friends. Upon her arrival, she quickly develops strong relationships and comes to realize that her old life in London no longer holds appeal. Most importantly, she grows exceedingly close to Kit, Elizabeth McKenna's daughter, and eventually applies for her adoption. Juliet also falls in love with Dawsey and proposes marriage. Finally, Juliet realizes what she wants to write about in her next book: the life of Elizabeth McKenna. “ Cliffnotes.com