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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer March's book club book. Not the book I thought it would be when I started reading it. Set in 1946, it is written as a series of letters to and from Juliet Ashton. She's an author who wrote a series of columns during the war under a pen name and this has now been published as a book. At the start of the book, she's on a book tour and is enjoying the experience, but is struggling to find something as a topic of her next book. She's decided that it won't be under a pen name, but her own and it will be of a more serious nature than "Izzy goes to war", which is light hearted in tone. She recieves a letter from Dawsey Adams, who lives on Guensey, and has got a book that used to be Juliet's and has her name & address in the front, so he writes to her. Their correspondance continues, and she starts recieving letters from the Guernsey literary society of the title. Here the book starts to change tone - it's not so light and fluffy as it was, as the tales of Guernsey under the german occupation are told. The members of the society write one by one and then you discover that one of the society is no longer there. it comes as a bit of a shock, and from there ther tone darkens further. There is still the superficial, day to day, contents of the letters, but interspersed are these really sad acocunts of people's experiences. There is a feeling at the start of the Guernsey correspondance that Juliet will simply use these people and their experiences as a subject, but things don't turn out quite that way, as she becomes more drawn into the lives of the society's members. The final section is a bit of a jar, as the manner of writing changes completely, and it doesn't quite fit, but I also see that it would be difficult to clear the final hurdle without recourse to an alternate device. A good book, and fun to read, despite the lingering gloom there is a definite silver lining on the horizon.