The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

UsodaUsoda Posts: 918Registered Users
This book was about the German occupation of the Channel Island Guernsey which is closer to France geographically, but under the British Commonwealth.

A group of islanders get caught after the German-imposed curfew one night, and come up with the excuse that they are holding a literary society meeting. Afterward they have to "pose" meetings to support the lie for the remainder of the occupation. However, the islanders are mostly rural people who haven’t had an opportunity to read Bronte, Shakespeare, Owen, etc. They end up discovering a voice for themselves through these authors, and the meetings act to preserve their sanity through the occupation.


It was so wonderfully written, and even though this was a very dark topic, there were moments of humor that helped keep a balance. This has been one of the better reads I've had the pleasure of in a long while.

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  • texascurlytexascurly Posts: 1,967Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks for posting about this book. I've been thinking it sounded good and wanting to pick it up. Now that I know it's good, I think I'll do that.
  • ECCurlyECCurly Posts: 285Registered Users
    I really savored this one. I felt like a little girl, sneaking around in the attic, reading my parents love notes. Loved the format. I have recommended this book to sooooo many people!!
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