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The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

PBR Review I think what resonates most with me about this book is the witty distinct style of each character. When I first noticed the book was in letter form I was hesitant to buy it; feeling this format may hinder the flow of the story, making it seem like homework. To my surprise it actually enhances the intimacy you feel towards the people in the story. I choose the word people rather than characters because as you come to the final page of this book, they are real, you want to fly to Guernsey and meet each one. I also love the fact that the book is historical fiction; it adds a certain depth and reality to the story. Most of what I have read on WWII deals with the years when the war was full throttle; “ Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” takes place post WWII when people are trying to put their lives back together. You still get vivid pictures of the isolation and desperation these people felt during the war, but you also feel the pain they all share knowing that some things will never be the same. It takes much effort to resume a normal lifestyle and the author’s presentation is realistic; at times heartbreaking, at other times heartwarming.Back.
Talking Points: This book is written in letter style. Book clubs should enjoy discussing the effectiveness of this style and what it adds or takes from the story. The basic plot is the aftermath of war and the toll it takes on people and in a larger sense a town, which will also generate lots of interesting discussion. The strength of this book lies in the amazing characters which are fully developed and unique. Book clubs will enjoy discussing the different aspects of what makes them so real and why they stay with you long after the end of the story. This book will appeal to Book clubs that enjoy well written character driven plots.
PBR Reader Comments:
This was one of my favorite books of the year. I loved the characters and the story.
by-Sue 2009/12/29, 04:56 AM

At first I resisted reading this book because it is in letter form. Please don't! It is a wonderful story of the human spirit you won't want to miss.
by-Andrea 2009/07/16, 04:25 AM

This book offers wonderful inspiring stories of what occurred on the Island of Guernsey during World War II. It's uniqueness is the very real, very distinct voices and relationships of the characters. The last third of the book was not quite as strong as the beginning, but did not detract much from the overall delightful read.
by-Lyn 2009/07/05, 06:15 PM

I am part of a small group of women that share books. We all loved this one.
by-johanna 2009/06/21, 11:52 AM

This was our book club selection and I was not that excited when this was chosen for our monthly read. I absolutely loved it and so did everyone in our group.
by-Laura 2009/05/11, 11:55 AM

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