The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyPosted: July 19, 2011
I just read “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (henceforth to be known as TGL&PPPS). It was a really lovely book about the aftermath of WWII in London and the Channel Islands. Completely told through letters between the characters, it brings characters to life with strong individual voices. It was easy to read, but that did not diminish its impact at all – it had me alternately laughing and on the verge of tears with ease. The main line of the plot was slightly predictable, but not unsatisfying for that.
In a word, it’s beautiful. TGL&PPPS is a perfect read for a summer day. It is not quite a “beach book,” because it deals with some very serious and disturbing things about the war, but it also handles these heavy subjects with ease by giving the characters witty, sharp voices and deep connections. These are the kinds of characters that are brought to life and feel like real friends. I miss them already and wish their letters would appear in my own mailbox.