Sunday, January 18, 2009

2nd Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society would be a good choice for fans of 84 Charing Cross Road. This epistolary starts out with a journalist, Juliet, who is exhausted from a book tour and looking for a new project. She gets a letter from a resident of Guernsey-- a small island in the English Channel that was occupied by Germany during WWII. Dawsey has a book with Juliet's name in the flyleaf, by Charles Lamb, and wonders if she might be able to help him find more. Juliet writes letters back and forth with him and other members of the society until she finally decides to go visit and write her next book on the island and the occupation. She leaves behind her rich, pushy, American boyfriend and he is pretty crabby about that. It's all very charming. I couldn't quite decide if it was too charming. I definitely found the ending a bit too neatly tied up. I suppose that is just how the English are.

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