THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY is an epistolary novel (wow, how often do you get to use that word in real life?), meaning the story unfolds through a series of letters. Our main letter writer is Juliet Ashton, a British newspaperwoman whose collection of wartime articles was just published in a single volume. With the war over (the Second World War, that is), Juliet casts about for a new book idea, finally settling on the tale of a small group of Britons, the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, who took up reading as a means of resisting the German occupation of their tiny island in the English Channel.
In addition to educating me on a piece of World War Two history I didn’t already know, GUERNSEY thoroughly drew me into its pastoral world and made me lament the lost art of letter writing. I exchanged letters, real, actual letters, with Honey Bear for two years before he was my husband, and those letters are now a prized possession. I ought to stick them in page protectors and organize them chronologically in a three-ring binder. It’ll be like having my very own GUERNSEY.
Definitely give this book a read. (Did I mention it includes an adorable romance?) And go write someone a letter, a real, fold-it-up-and-slap-a-stamp-on-it letter. You just might make that person’s day.