The Guernsey Literary And The Potato Peel Pie Society

May 27, 2018

The Guernsey Literary And The Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

256 pages

Published Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited (2010)

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it's not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.

For reasons unknown, I seem to adore books that have a story behind its title (Ponniyin Selvan - a Tamil magnum opus, The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan and Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora).
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. What an unusually delightful story this title has! In addition to the actual story narrated, that is. And oh, the book also tells stories about the German Occupation and war. As if that isn't enough, there is a story behind this story becoming a book(as in, being published). When there is so much magic strewn around, I can't help but be under its spell.

P.S: Can't wait to watch the movie!

P.P.S: Help needed to get out of the letter-writing mode.

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