Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book: Potato Peel Pie?

The title is really The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society but that seemed a bit long for my post.

I was returning Snow Falling on Cedars and the librarian recommended this book for me to read. It takes place on an island in the English Channel almost immediately after World War II.

The islanders had been under German occupation and in order to cover up an illegal pig roast dinner after hours concocted the literary society, and it stuck. The society members would meet during the war to discuss books and try to forget about their occupation, loss of loved ones, children that had been sent to farming communities in England for the war, and the hardships that everyone endured.

With just enough romance, drama, and historical facts I enjoyed the book as not one of war stories, but of the stories that happened when the war wasn't happening. It is written in the form of letters between characters and was refreshingly different!