Review The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Random House 2005, 274 pages.
MOTIVATION for READING: You really didn’t think that I’d let a hot book with the word ‘pie’ in the title escape me, did you? AND it’s about words and books and the love of books! wonderful; all kinds of wonderfulness.
WHAT it’s ABOUT: A writer, Juliet, emerging from the war-weary time after WWII is looking for an idea for her next book when she receives a letter from a gentleman who had one of her ‘passed on’ books; seems she had her name and address inside the front cover. With no idea if the letter would find her, the guy sent off a request for more information about the author Charles Lamb and how to get more books. He is from Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands that had been occupied by the Nazis for most of the war. And so Juliet begins a discovery of friendship and life and love. This is a heartwarming, funny, endearing gem of a book full of crazy wonderful characters, history of the war and the power of the human spirit. I heartfully and pie-fully recommend.
That’s really all I need to say, I think. Five PIES.
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The official website has all sorts of fun stuff, too. Ya know, if you need even more information. I was going to include something about ‘what-actors-should-play-the-parts’ if they were to make a movie but even the comments for that give away hints of what happens in the book! Lots of protests, too: “PLEASE DO NOT MAKE A MOVIE! It would only ruin the story.”
What do you think? If you’ve read this book, would you want to see a movie?