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



the Guernsey literary potato pill pie society takes place on the island of Guernsey which is an English Channel during the second world war when the island was occupied by the Germans and it's about a group of eccentric locals and transplanted Londoners who come together in a particularly inauspicious moment to form a book club and it's about the books that they read and how they grow to love one another and save one another during that time a group of people who are having dinner together who stayed out after curfew and they were caught by the German Patrol and one of the dinner guests Elisabeth my heroine thought to say to them we have just been having a meeting of the Guernsey literary society and we had what to having such a lovely time we we stayed out after curfew terribly sorry that got them out of being arrested the potato pill pipe part came later one of their members refused to go to any meeting where there were not refreshments so the potato peel pie being about as good a refreshment as you could get during the occupation became part of the standard food that was offered at the meetings these fishermen these pig farmers these people who have lived in relative isolation all their lives suddenly discover when they are forced by circumstance to pretend that they have a book club suddenly discovered that they loved to read and suddenly discovered that there is a whole world of books and reading that will allow them to surmount circumstance you know the Germans might be outside the house but inside the house where the Guernsey literary and potato pie society is meeting to talk about Chaucer it's a place of Hope and warmth and really that does save these people during this terrible time it really does give them something to live for we can't evade the fact that this is a story about world war two and there is no writing a story about World War two without the tragedy that came with the war the book is an epistolary novel told in letters there are over 20 different voices in this novel and it was just fun to be able to embody 20 different people and work with 20 different voices from a reading standpoint – it's fun and there's a there's certainly a boy or a stick thrill in reading other people's inhales so it works on both levels I think my my collaborator and my aunt Mary Anne passed away in February and so she won't get to see this book come out but it was a wonderful honor to get to work on her book I hope readers experience the Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society the way I did when I first read Mary Anne's story I had a reaction just being charmed and beguiled and I got as I got further into it I wanted to know these people books are of such importance to us they had to be important to these characters we loved so much

7 thoughts on “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

  1. I loved both the book AND the movie. Left me wanting more! Loved the characters, the story, and the Island.

  2. Utterly charming and disarming story – to be a movie, released in April 2018.

  3. aye fam thumbs up if you're here for mr. palmieri

  4. I have not but I JUST read the review in Amazon and I am going to read it soon. Thank you for the recommendation. *applause*

  5. Hi Kisha! We thought it was fabulous too. Have you read Major Pettigrew's Last Stand? You might enjoy it!

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