Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This was a lovely gift. It's an epistolary (a novel written in letters) that reminds me of two others: Ella Minnow Pea and Jane Austen's Love and Freindship [sic], both also excellent stories, and with the same sweet humor. The Guernsey book has some sad parts, being set following World War II, but at it's heart it's a love story, like the others.

The characters in Guernsey are definitely characters. Through their letters to Juliet, a writer, they tell their story of the German occupation during the war, and the little things that kept them going during a dismal time. Among those are obviously the books they read and the friendships they made. Juliet easily falls in love with the community and decides to write about them. I won't include any spoilers, but add in some WWII tragedy, Austen-style love story, and a little Miss Marple mystery to finish it off.

So in short, I loved it. If you haven't read it, you should (unless you're Meera and therefore have completely opposite tastes in books from me). And if you have read it and liked it, you should try Ella Minnow Pea and Love and Freindship. And let me know if you like those and have other recommendations.

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