The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society



The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann
The island of Guernsey is one of the channel islands located between England and France. During World War II, it was occupied by the Germans for five years. This little known bit of history is explored in this novel written as a series of letters to and from the main character, Juliet Ashton. Juliet achieved a modest amount of fame as a writer for a series of articles she wrote for a British newspaper about her experiences in London during the war. Now in the years following the war, she is searching for a new writing project. When she is contacted by a member of a literary society on the small island, she begins a correspondence which will change her life. The literary society was originally formed as a ruse to prevent the Germans from arresting some of the islanders caught out past curfew. But is has evolved into a true book group with wide ranging literary interests. Through this group Juliet learns of the experiences they had under the occupation and decides to go to the island to do research for a book. There she becomes swept up in the lives of the people she had been corresponding with and through them she finds a resolution to her post war malaise. Filled with charming characters, heartbreaking stories of life under occupation and examples of the strength of the human spirit, this little novel was both delightful and heartwarming. $14.00 paperback, The Dial Press


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