Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Don't let an odd name deter you from reading this  absolutely wonderful book which tells the story of English Channel Island residents who lived under Nazi occupation during WWII. Caught after curfew following a forbidden gathering some quick thinking on the part of one local suddenly merged a disparate  group into "The Guernsey Literary Society." 

Their story is told through letters they write after the War to a young London columnist who becomes their confidante, amateur psychologist, pen pal and friend. How all of their lives have been changed by the war and the new relationship they build through the post is the basis of this charming novel. It is at once delightful, moving, has interesting historical notes and is ultimately about the power of friendship and hope when faced with hardship and adversity.

You can easily fall in love with this book - one of the best of 2008.