Set in London and the Island of Guernsey in 1946, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a novel of narrative fiction, told via letters between a female author, her publisher, girlfriend, and several members of a book club established on the island of Guernsey during the German occupation.
I was intrigued by this book because there isn’t much out there having to do with the subject of Channel Island occupation. This book was enjoyable and easy to read. It reminded me of apple pie. It’s simple, tasty and easy to digest. But it doesn’t wow you the way a dessert with intricate layers might.
I had read one book and seen one movie on the subject already. This novel did not present anything new that was not already addressed in my former explorations. That was disappointing for a history lover like me. Also, choosing a narrative in letters is a challenge. It is difficult to present several characters that stand in stark contrast to each other. Many of letter-writers appear to have the same voice, in my opinion.
That said, I would recommend this book as a summer read. It was fun, and I even clapped with joy at events near the end of the novel.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2008