Every so often a new book title pops up that is so unusual I just have to pick it up and check it out. When I came across the title, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, curiosity got the best of me.
The book is set in 1946 in Guernsey, a small island in the English channel. Guernsey was occupied by the Nazies during WWII. In the book, Juliet Ashton, a writer living in London, receives a letter from a Guernsey farmer. He has come across her name in an old book and is looking for books by Charles Lamb. He mentions in the letter that he particularly enjoyed Lamb's story about a roast pig, since the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society came into being because of a roast pig that they had to keep secret from the Germans. So begins a series of correspondence between Juliet and the members of the society. Juliet is captivated by their stories and eventually sets sail for Guernsey. Through their correspondence and friendships we come to understand the healing powers of love and community.
The story is fiction, but the writing is so honest and straightforward that it reads like nonfiction.
You may wonder: Why did a roast pig have to be kept secret? How could a roast pig cause someone to begin a literary society? And what is a potato peel pie?
Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out.