“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

March 5, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Fiction | 4 Comments

Certain books are just inevitable.  They come along and you read them.  You have to.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is such a book – the reason you’re seeing it everywhere is because it really is that good.  If you haven’t already, you might as well just give in and read it.

It’s a story told in letters, about an author who becomes interested in the German occupation of Guernsey during World War II.  Everyone is still recuperating from the war.  The story told through the letters is equal parts quirky, funny, romantic, and heartrending.  Okay, it’s normally the sort of book I would associate with Red Hat Club ladies, but I ate it up.  If you liked Helene Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road you will love this.

Incidentally, Trish and I got to meet Annie Barrows at a book signing in Healdsburg last fall.  She is absolutely adorable.


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  1. This was one of my favourite reads of last year! Loved it.

  2. The summarizing (heartrending, romantic) doesn’t really pull me in, but the title does. Anything so eccentricly titled that’s apparently actually good is asking to be read.

  3. I think this will definitely end up being a pick for my book club. I’m glad to see so many positive reviews from people who seem thoughtful!

  4. Oh boy,
    I’ve been fighting it, but I now have this book from the library and will have to give in and read it. Thanks for the review!

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